Schools should provide pupils with textbooks to give them “a sense of ownership” over key subjects and stop them being overloaded with tatty worksheets.
According to research, only 10% of teachers in England issue whole textbooks to pupils, compared with an international average of 75% and 99% in South Korea, theTelegraph reports.
Education Minister Elizabeth Truss warned that England “has fallen out of love with the textbook” and that teachers see them as “regimented and old-fashioned”, preferring to give pupils classroom materials that they have created. In contrast, textbooks are routinely issued to pupils in some of the best-performing countries in PISA, enabling them to “catch up or read ahead, study core concepts on their own”.
In a speech to an audience of publishers she claimed that parents were frustrated when their children brought home “dog-eared worksheets” instead of a textbook: “Textbooks represent something quite powerful in our education system,” she said, “A textbook provides a map or a guide. A good textbook starts off with the basics, building more and more on top, giving children what they need to know.”
Do you agree with the Minister, or was she just trying to please an audience of publishers? Are worksheets used too much at the expense of textbooks?