Some far-sighted parents had figured out for themselves the dangers inherent in CCEA’s revised curriculum.

(Monday, September 18,2006) Parents not buying new curriculum

The letter (News Letter, September 11) from NIPPA’s Siobhan Fitzpatrick places her in diametric opposition to the position held by Stephen Elliott from the parental rights’ group PACE, so how are parents to decide between these differing perspectives?
As a parent, it doesn’t surprise me that NIPPA is in favour of the so-called new enriched curriculum.
My personal family experience of this type of play-based teaching comes through my nieces and nephews at school in England.
They were so far behind my kids of a similar age, that it made family get-togethers highly embarrassing. I will never forget the spectacle of my nine-year-old daughter becoming increasingly frustrated by the attempts by her much older “Comprehensive cousin” trying to read her a bed-time story.
My daughter’s reading abilities were light years ahead.
The simple fact is that parents are indirectly, through their children, consumers of the education provision and when it comes to the new enriched curriculum, parents are simply not buying what Siobhan Fitzpatrick is selling. Parents prefer traditional teaching methods and I believe an increasing number will be prepared to seek redress through the courts to ensure they get the education that they and their children are entitled to.
Any education professional who forgets the reality that the parent is the primary educator of the child is destined to come into conflict with those same parents.
I share and endorse Stephen Elliott’s sceptical opinion on the new enriched curriculum.

Brian Gibson,
Comber, Co Down
More the pity that their political representatives didn’t listen to their warnings.