"Otherwise we risk creating a generation of young people who can recite facts, but not really understand, use, and enjoy the science behind them".
In my opinion, most of the proposed curriculum changes are going down this route, across all subjects and age ranges.
I used to be a primary school teacher. I don't want to see a class of nine year olds that can recite the dates of a lot of dead monarchs. I want to see ones that are excited and enthusiastic about the world around them and who can try something, fail, think about why they failed and try something better. I believe this so passionately and I can prove I'm not all talk: I once let one of my groups plan and try an experiment that I knew wouldn't work, then deviated from my own lesson plan with the whole class so we could all think about why that group's experiment hadn't worked and what to do next... while Ofsted were in the room. I really didn't care. They shouldn't have come to watch me if they didn't want to see how I teach
Incidentally, I also want to see a class of kids 'into' reading. I heard that Gove is stripping back the English Lit syllabus to exclude works by non-British authors. In my opinion the subject will be poorer for this.