Teachers in England have raised concern about the constructivist approaches used in classrooms. How come there is absolute silence from the profession in Northern Ireland? The most likely explanation is that the teacher training colleges and curricular advisors are only imparting one side of the story.
Irina Tyk was a keynote speaker at the 2008 Family and Youth Concern AGM in June. Mrs Tyk is head of Holland House School in Edgeware and author of The Butterfly Book, a well-proven phonics-based reading and writing course.
The emphasis on children learning to live without making judgements and the promotion of cultural relativism are turning the classroom into a judgement-free space, Mrs Tyk told her audience. It is difficult to teach children how to think and develop their rational facilities in a culture that is overtly irrational, anti-intellectual and amoral. We need a return to traditional methods, with teaching about right and wrong, and how to think rationally and logically. Teachers should ‘impart an objective body of knowledge’, along with an appreciation of beauty and the aesthetic dimension. Families, too, must play their part. A full report of this perceptive talk is in the FYC Family Bulletin, Summer 2008. Or at http://www.famyouth.org.uk