This ambition may seem a bit conservative to some, but there is indeed scientific evidence to back this approach (and I’m looking forward to the next blog post). The most interesting sentence in the post to me, is this one: “A knowledge curriculum can be a powerful force in combating educational inequality.” There isn’t a citation to this claim included in the text, but I would refer to Hattie & Yates 2013, check here.
A knowledge curriculum can be a powerful force in combating educational inequality.
One of our ambitions at Michaela Community School, which opened this year in Wembley, is to place knowledge at the heart of education.
We believe, as Francis Bacon did in 1597, that knowledge is power: it empowers all children to achieve, choose their future and decide what legacy they’d like to leave.
We believe that broad cultural and historical knowledge improves all pupils’ academic achievement, especially poorer pupils. Even the very weakest pupils can study the greatest books ever written, such as Frankenstein, Oliver Twist and Animal Farm. All pupils deserve the chance to see Shakespearean theatre, fine art and classical music as accessible to them, not alien to them: access which richer pupils take for granted. Knowing about democracy, its origins, evolution and discontents empowers pupils to make their own minds up as citizens…
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