A question has been posed elsewhere. What will education in Scotland be like in the short, medium and long terms?
It's easy to be flippant or pessimistic or optimistic, but not to be serious and realistic. Time frames are difficult in education. Looking back five, ten or twenty years may give some clue. But the fundamentals in those time frames have not changed greatly. Syllabuses have changed; some exams have changed or been introduced; technology has changed. Methods have not changed. The classroom is based on the teacher imparting knowledge and teaching skills. Pupils absorb the information for exams and use some of the skills to do it.
The model of universal literacy and numeracy is based on a nineteenth century requirement and vision. Can we agree on a new vision based on the requirements of modern twenty first century life or should it be the same as the past, because life for the majority has not changed?
Too many questions!