Next week I will be talking to all our primary school headteachers about FOSIL and obviously I have been thinking about what I will say that will make a difference to them. Why would they listen and agree to embed this in their curriculums? I have a germ of an idea forming and I wanted to share it with you.
At LILAC one of the keynote speakers was Dr Ruth Carlyle a health literacy professional and her message was very clearly that information literacy is essential to every one of our children regardless whether they are going on to higher education. If children can’t read or understand the information they are finding when they leave school how is this going to effect us all as a society? Health effects us all and if we can’t distinguish the real from the fake information we are putting our own health at risk whilst also putting added pressure on our society who has to help us to sort out any problems we have created by taking the wrong advice or medication. As she talked alarm bells started ringing in my head, as in every conversation I have about information literacy I clearly focus on needing these skills to progress in education not necessarily in life.
So my thoughts on what I was going to say it this:-
Whilst inquiry based learning is necessary for those children who are doing well at school we must not forget that it is essential for all our children. Every child needs the skills of inquiry based learning in order to work through the minefield of information. If we allow any child to leave school without the understanding of how to find quality information we are creating a burden for our society. We have all heard of fake news and misinformation but add to that the wrong information about your health, the threat and cost to society increases. We have the opportunity here to provide every child with the skills needed for life and through using FOSIL in primary school we can create the stable foundation and building blocks to make this happen.