Using Different Texts
The experiences and outcomes for Literacy have been published today as part of the move to introduce a Curriculum for Excellence and they are going to need some very careful consideration. This is just the start of my posts on the outcomes, and I expect to be returning to them quite a few times over the coming weeks and months… so where to start?
“A text is the medium through which ideas, experiences, opinions and information can be communicated.”
There are other discussions kicking off as well, and not just about the Literacy document. Krysia has started a discussion on the Education2020 wiki and this might be a great place for you to get involved and have your say. She has asked the real question that we will have to come to terms with in the future, namely: What do we teach?
From my point of view, one of the first things I did with the Experiences and Outcomes document for Literacy was to upload the text to Wordle to see what the language of the document might tell me (You can click the picture to see the full Wordle).
There is one word that leaps out at me: different. I know that this is partly because of the wording of the document, but I also hope it demonstrates a true commitment to see change happen. I can already hear the naysayers lining up, but they are wrong. Change is needed and will happen, or we will be doing a great disservice to our children.
The pieces are all falling into place and I relish the challenge. We have set out to overhaul Scottish education and to try and make it (in the words of the accompanying Literacy and English: Principles and Practice document), “broad and future proof”.
Let change begin…