How knowledge is being detached from skills in English

I didn’t know left from right politically at 16, I blame my parents

Pragmatic Education

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A cornerstone of teacher training is Bloom’s taxonomy, where knowledge is placed firmly at the bottom. The advice for teachers is, move beyond low-level facts, up to higher-order skills like synthesis. But what if this advice misses the point?

My experience as an English teacher in London has helped me realise a few simple ideas:

  1. In English education, skills are being detached from knowledge.
  2. Teaching skills without knowledge doesn’t work.
  3. Instead, they must be integrated, like twin strands of a double helix.

So this is the first in a series of three blog posts in three days to explain what I mean.

1. Skills are being detached from knowledge in English.

The education system has reduced the amount of knowledge taught in schools, especially, from what I’ve seen, in English departments. Take, for example, the English national secondary curriculum in the six years since 2007. There’s not one text that…

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About Travelling Coral

I started my blog, Travelling Coral in 2011 to record some of the highlights of the round the world trip I made with my husband Phil. It changed my life and as a result I downsized, decluttered to have a life with less housework more travel. Long term travelling is my goal.

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