I am usually a silent member of this list but have been reading the messages relating to SCD in schools with interest and decided to throw in my tuppence worth.
I am currently doing a PGCE (teacher training qualification) in England but it is surprising how big a part SCD is playing in my course. Before Christmas I was at a small country school (88 pupils) on placement and their PE topic for the term was dance. I was then given the 'pleasure' of getting the whole school involved in SCD and at a parent/pupil fun night the kids all taught their parents SCD. So not only was SCD educating the kids in school but their parents too, all of whom loved it. The school is now going to incorporate SCD into its yearly plan as the head said it had created a good atmosphere within the school. Missing dancing was also given as a punishment for misbehaving whilst I was at the school by the head and suprisingly the behaviour improved because no-one wanted to have to watch and they all wanted to participate.
As part of the PE course at college we have to spend three lessons on dance. When the lecturer discovered I was a qualified SCD teacher he decided that I could teach my classmates these 3 lessons. We have had one and my classmates said they all enjoyed it and looked forward to having the opportunity to learning more in the next two lessons so they could introduce SCD into their schools. So thats another 23 people going to teach it in schools.
As for the National Curriculum (In England) it does state at Key Stage 2 "Pupils should be taught to:
a. create and perform dances using a range of movement patterns, including those from different times, places and cultures
b. respond to a range of stimuli and accompaniment".
SCD fits this description perfectly I think.
So thats my tuppence worth. I'll go back to being silent again for a while!