A leading children's author has warned that young people have little opportunity to fully engage with literature because of narrow curriculum requirements.
According to Michael Rosen, the former Children's Laureate, modern schooling is primarily geared towards meeting targets and passing tests.
This, he stated, means pupils are not getting the chance to be inquisitive with their learning, even though humans are fundamentally "questioning creatures".
"Education has become about 'we know the answers and I will teach them to you', rather than generating, developing and harnessing this aspect of human outlook," he commented.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Mr Rosen said this means pupils' individuality risks being lost.
"We all have questions to ask, we probably have questions to ask as we emerge from the womb in one way or another, up until the day we die," he remarked.
"But this questioning way of seeing the world has been squeezed out of education."
Mr Rosen said education at the moment is being "run by dictat" and insisted that it should be managed in a different way.
Furthermore, he argued there is little demand for "robust" testing for primary school children among their parents, despite the government's promises to introduce tougher Key Stage 1 tests.
Instead, Mr Rosen believes this approach is being led by the Department for Education and determined by what it wants, as they believe it is the best way to measure a child's progress.
The author has therefore called for education to be managed in a different way, with greater partnership between policymakers, researchers, teachers and localities.
He also warned that with curriculum-based decisions being "made from the top", there is little conversation with professionals in the sector about what subjects are important.
Posted by Tim Colman