Educating Boys

Lots on TV recently about educating boys, and providing constant physical stimuli to keep them engaged. The TV show centred on a school in Harlow, not far from where I once taught.

I am slightly disturbed by the whole thing. The emphasis seemed to be to make the boys able to succeed within the existing curriculum and assessment system. At no point did anyone consider that these are the things that need to change… and whilst the great outdoors seemed to be the preferred classroom area, little was said about the impact of the environment on learning. Nothing was said about the potential of virtual learning spaces and how they could be leveraged.

Finally, as yet I’ve not seen how any of this is to be made sustainable, which surely it needs to be if it is to be anything more than a small intervention.