Fingers in ears

The latest output from the Cambridge review of primary education, this time on what they describe as the “state theory of learning”:

The biggest inquiry into primary education for 40 years concluded yesterday that Labour’s tight, centralised control of England’s primary schools has had a devastating impact on children’s education. Micromanagement, meddling and a succession of ministerial edicts have killed the spontaneity in the nation’s classrooms. Teachers have been stripped of their powers of discretion. And the net result of a decade of new Labour “reform” has almost certainly been a decline in the quality of education that the young receive.

The government has gone for one of its two preferred responses:

A spokeswoman for the Department for Children, Schools and Families dismissed the research as “recycled, partial or out of date”.

Presumably the ad hominem attack option will be saved for another day.

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