As teaching is now supposed to allow more flexibility in achieving the outcomes ( and the old topic planning grids which ensured a balance of subjects was taught across the primary sectors are being binned) is the content of a topic important? I get very worried when I hear that traditional topics of life cycles etc being ditched and others centred around Mario Kart and Guitar Hero are replacing them. Are we dumbing down too much? I feel that we have a duty to raise awareness of the world we live live in as well as our past and I think that children already get plenty of fun stuff at home. Shouldn't we be encouraging perseverance by helping them tackle things which may not be as appealing initially, but can with an enthuastic teacher be opened up to them. This, I think would equip them better for the real world and not merely provide instant gratification? What do others think? Are other school pursuing this route? Are we the only misguided fools?