A Common Weal Education

Bill has presented a neat summary of Brian Boyd’s Common Weal report on his blog – thanks for this Bill, it will be of great interest to SELMAS members and here’s hoping you can join us for some conversations about it at some point.

Bill Boyd - The Literacy Adviser

Commonweal.jpg Following hard on the heels of my previous post on the current state of play regarding the Scottish curriculum, last week saw the publication of a brand new report from the Jimmy Reid Foundation *,  A Common Weal Education.  Its findings and recommendations are potentially quite radical, but is there the collective will to carry them out?

The report’s author, Professor Brian Boyd, a member of the Curriculum for Excellence Review Group and a lifelong advocate of comprehensive education, argues that we have a clear choice in Scotland at the moment – to mimic those systems which are set on pursuing high-stakes, elitist models of education, based on selection, whose main or sole measure of success focuses on examination results (and yes, he does mention Michael Gove and England by name), or to look to the Nordic countries, where social conditions and aspirations are arguably closer to our…

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