Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, at the Sunday Times Festival of Education at Wellington College, in answer to a question about teaching climate change in the curriculum:
“Given the fact that we do not know what the future holds, we need to teach young people to cope with challenges that we currently can’t even imagine. Skills such as critical thinking, analysis of facts and figures, understanding of science etc. are more important than curriculum content.” [As reported by an attendee.]
This is a radical change from his usual belief that a curriculum should be composed of knowledge! Now he apparently thinks skills to be more important.
Erm, can anyone think of the name of a subject that develops skills in critical thinking about public issues …?