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Editorial: Half empty or half full?

Andy Begg

As we know, a pessimist is someone who sees the glass of wine as half empty while the optimist is someone who sees it as half full. The pessimistic perspective with its emphasis on problems, often gets more attention, and this would be understandable when a new policy such as a curriculum document is released, entailing possible increases in teacher workloads. Yet over the last 12 months I have informally interacted with teachers and colleagues as they commented on the draft curriculum and could not help noticing that many aspects of the draft have stimulated both pessimistic and optimistic reactions.

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