UK Education Minister Michael Gove has revealed his plans for education. An overhaul was due to include learning a foreign language as compulsory but it is now set to include poetry.
Comprehensive schools in the 60s allowed more children than ever to learn at least one foreign language. Since then learning a foreign language seems to have nose dived in UK education.
In this ever shrinking world it is important that we British get over this idea that everyone else should speak English. Too many of us travel abroad simply expecting that the locals will speak our language. That is arrogant in so many ways. If young people want to become successful in business a good grasp of a foreign language can be useful. However many in the UK will question this news until basic education problems are rectified.
Currently too many children leave school without a basic grasp of the English language and maths. Too many people who are illiterate actually managed to leave 16 years of education with barely any education in real terms. Until these issues are addressed Gove's proposed overhaul seems rather crass.
Credit were it is due though, the plans will also look at spelling and grammar. If the proposals are accepted the changes will be implemented in 2014. With so many teachers dispirited and under attack by the government these changes may be a step too far.
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Education is important. For governments it is a way of utilising their people as a product. For people it enhances life in so many ways.Education though is a life long exercise. Life teaches you more than a basic education but of course without that schooling when we are young we may not be capable of spreading our wings.
It remains to be seen if the overhaul is amended or implemented. It is worth noting that previous Conservative governments rejected the Comprehensive system of education and the teaching of foreign languages in UK schools.
Whether they have the money to implement education reform is also unknown.The current curriculum leaves a lot to be desired in many subjects, notably history. Gove has previously said that changes in the teaching of British history will, "ensure that no pupil leaves school without learning "narrative British history"".
The changes are aimed at tightening eduction in primary schools for children aged between five and eleven years old.
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