Editorial - hgunn.uk

Political Dreams v Practical Realities.

1st October 2018

      Dylan Wiliam, who is  world authority on education, who is now living in New York, has contended that predominantly all governments raising standards initiatives have failed and that it is the quality of teaching that matters. 

 The English Government have 'burnt their fingers' with their Michael Gove delusional 'Do not listen to experts' educational reforms.  The English Pisa results remained unchanged in 2015 despite his radical reforms. The English Government  has now recognised that there is no
simple answers to complex educational problems

 Professor Sioned Davies, Cardiff School of Welsh, who was not an educationalist, proposals for the role of the Welsh language in schools in Wales was lamentably lacking in the the 'how'.  The concept was ill-conceived and ill-thpught out, as Michael Gove's ambition to eradicate 'illiteracy' in his lifetime.  Wales in common with the United Kingdom is struggling to create children's literacy in their native language. 

 There remains overwhelming evidence that expecting all children in Wales to be compulsory expected to learn and then be educated through the medium of Welsh would damage their education. There is a myriad of problems that Professor Signed Davies did not consider. There is clear evidence that expecting all children to be educated through the medium of Welsh would be a breach of children's human  rights, the entitlement to reach their full learning potential.

 Top down educational initiatives have failed children in the United Kingdom. Anyone can demand what children should able to do in school, set rigorous attainment standards, but they need to be translated into practice. 

 Both Kisty Williams, the Welsh Government Education Minister, and Amdanda Speilman, Head of Ofstead, have called for more empirical educational research to be  undertaken.  There is clear evidence that children in Wales (nor the United Kingdom) will ever achieve world class standards of absolute educational attainment, but it will be possible to create world class teaching standards.

        Perhaps more than anything else, there is need not to view educational standard narrowly in terms of averages and what the most able children are able to achieve. Todd Rose Harvard University argues there is no such thing as average. Rowntree in 1982 referred to it as a crude education measure.

 The education of children is too important to be left to political rhetoric, hope, optimism. and guesswork.