Saturday, October 22, 2016
Barbarians Don't Need Archaeology or Cursive (Tony Robbins)
Sir Tony Robinson (the narrator of Time Team) is in the news recently (Guardian) concerning the removal of archaeology and certain other subjects from the A-Level GCE exams in Britain.
For all intents and purposes, the British GCE is the college entrance equivalent of the SAT or ACT in the United States, also required for a high school diploma.
This follows a general trend in the West to gouge out everything that isn't one of two or three core subjects, but 'reading' may be too controversial or discriminatory to last much longer itself. Much of this is being driven by institutional reaction to social change and trends, but there is also modern pedagogical cancer that views learning as a statistical science; achieve the most economical effort with minimal divergence in outcomes.
At one time adults taught and children learned with the goal of becoming roundly capable and independent citizens, maybe some would even become enlightened. Now it's all metric-based bullshit.
I guess barbarians don't need to know cursive, speaking, music, history or archaeology. We shouldn't challenge students. In a way, that makes sense.