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By Lawrence Stenhouse

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He recalls the debates of the late 1960s and early 1970s when technical rationality was embodied in the objectives model of curriculum development and was challenged by Lawrence Stenhouse. The process model was articulated then as an educational alternative for aspirations that went beyond skills-related, easily definable and easily measurable outcomes. Echoing Stenhouse, Elliott sets high aims for pupils and for teachers, calling for a pedagogy that emphasises such qualities as 'curiosity, patience, tenacity, persistence, open-mindedness, intellectual courage, honesty with oneself, humility'.

The powerful Page 20 still do not favour the cultivation among the lower orders of the scepticism and critical intelligence that is valued among their betters. It is for that reason that they point backwards to basics in the face of the potential of the exciting curricula in literacy and numeracy and knowledge to be found in the recent curriculum movement, in the leading state schools and in the more enlightened private schools. 'The decline in investment and support for public education in this country at the moment', he went on, 'is at many points a vindictive rather than a prudent, economy': At stake is more than 100 years of adventure beyond the mere basics, a span in which schools havefitfully no doubttried to make people independent thinkers capable of participation in the democratic process and of deciding what the future of their society shall be like.

Have a right to expect that the school will provide them with a general education which will equip them to enter upon a job and which will provide an adequate basis for further specialised education and training. Where unemployment is high, the school cannot meet the first of these demands, and morale suffers without the school having it in its power to remedy the situation. ·have a right to expect that the school will do its best to make available to them the major public traditions in knowledge, arts, crafts and sports, which form the basis of a rich life in an advanced society.

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