Gove's Curriculum and the GERM

FORUM - ISSN 0963-8253
Volume 57 Number 2 (2015)

Gove's Curriculum and the GERM
TERRY WRIGLEY pages 197-204
DOI: 10.15730/forum.2015.57.2.197


This article examines the complex relationship between England's new National Curriculum and the neoliberal reform of education known as GERM. It explores contradictions between economic functionality and Gove's nostalgic traditionalism. It critiques the new curriculum as narrow, age-inappropriate, obsessed with abstract rules, and poorly focused on enquiry and problem-solving: though battery-farming young children, it is therefore unlikely to lead to the cognitive development tested by PISA. Written just before the UK general election, its messages remain important as guidance for action and resistance.

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TERRY WRIGLEY (2015) Gove's Curriculum and the GERM, FORUM, 57(2), 197-204.

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