From: Don Burslam, Elm Road, Dewsbury Moor, Dewsbury.
I WAS pleased to see there is a move towards teaching children facts and dates before indulging in speculative vague themes.
I suppose advocates of the latter method believe it stimulates pupils’ thought processes by imagining themselves in the situation of living in a bygone age or some historical event.
By this means, it is argued that children would learn to apply knowledge and develop skills of analysis and judgment.
Of course, this is completely fallacious. Without a basis of knowledge, such exercises are completely useless. Without supporting hard data, they are valueless as part of the learning process.
Imagining oneself as a courtier in the reign of Henry VIII might be fun but as part of an educative process, it is a waste of time without a thorough basis in fact.
Government is getting there
From: Godfrey Bloom, UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.
IT appears the Government is coming round to Ukip’s way of thinking on wind turbines, sentencing policy, EU budgets and European arrest warrants.
Hopefully, next year it will be flat tax and a return of grammar schools.
Our Dave is a bit slow on the uptake, but we’re getting there.
Views on art
From: Neil Richardson, Kirkheaton.
COMEDIAN Vic Reeves (Yorkshire Post, October 31) states that “really good art shouldn’t need an explanation”.
Should he have continued to discuss how that sort of creative work is actually quite rare, and then explained the significance of his current exhibition?