A Catholic curriculum

Chris Richardson

There continues to be debate about whether a Catholic curriculum actually exists in schools shaped by a national framework. This article outlines some of the tensions that have to be managed if a genuinely Catholic curriculum is to be delivered. Chris Richardson is a retired Catholic secondary headteacher and diocesan commissioner. He is currently an associate lecturer in Catholic school leadership at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

Education: differing perspectives
Albert Einstein remarked that, ‘Education is what you have left when you have forgotten everything you learned in school.’ Among the things left when you have forgotten what you learnt at school must surely be feelings, intuitions, the way that you perceive things, how you interpret your experiences, how to relate to other people, your capacity to learn new things, your imagination, sense of mystery and the wonder of creation.

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