(They ain’t Reading, Writing and Arithmetic!)
In the year 1825 Sir William Curtis, a longstanding Member of Parliament of the City of London, made a toast at the local Board of Education dinner. He listed the educational achievements to date and highlighted the challenges. Within his remarks he coined a phrase that would be repeated thousands of times in educational institutions all over the world. He said: “We must build our educational system around the three essential R’s of education: Reading, Writing and Arithmetic”.
Sir William’s phrase stood as the paradigm of successful education for close to 200 years.