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What happened to .. “Be quiet and face the front!” .. ?

Posted by Big John on July 22, 2014

I remember reading somewhere that some nutters believed that children should not be taught to read, because if you put a group of them in a room full of books somehow they would teach themselves.

Now I see that so-called ‘child-centred’ teaching methods characterised as allowing pupils to proceed at their own pace and make discoveries independent of the teacher, and where children are often left to work alone or in small groups, taking “responsibility for their own learning” are back in fashion.

In other words teachers do not take charge, direct lessons and set pupils structured tasks, but let the kids piss about all day, “like” mumbling to “like” each other and “like” texting their mates “innit“.

No wonder so many youngsters leave school illiterate, innumerate and without a clue about life in the ‘real world’: and would you believe it ? … The majority of  ‘Ofsted’ school inspectors favour this daft method, and .. “are prejudiced against more teacher-led alternatives”. However, their boss says that 60s-style “child-centred’ teaching damaged generations of schoolchildren. I bet it did !

I was educated during the 1940’s and 50’s. I didn’t think much of it at the time; but I guess …

… I was just lucky !


4 Responses to “What happened to .. “Be quiet and face the front!” .. ?”

  1. Don’t get me started. I watch a lot of television, and I’m appalled at the ignorance displayed among the young people. By “young” I mean the under forty crowd. They can’t pronounce words correctly, they can’t make decent sentences, they can’t spell – and that’s only their language. Also, they don’t have even a rudimentary grasp of history. And, on and on. They can’t even go to college without having to take remedial classes, fondly known as Dumb-Dumb English and Dumb-Dumb math.

    As I said, I could go on and on, and who knows where it will end. Grrrrrrrrrr.

  2. rummuser said

    We all were.

  3. Ginnie said

    Ditto John. I really feel lucky to have been educated in the 40’s and 50’s … but this is an entirely new world from then. All I know is that I don’t have the answers … or any idea how to use all these new fangled electronic gadgets … except for the rudiments of the computer… just enough to be able to post a blog 4 or 5 times a month.

  4. Gabbygeezer said

    Yes–disciplined education worked for centuries before misguided wizards decided it needed to be replaced. Those schooled in the 40s and 50s seem to have done right well.

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