💬 Will curriculum reform take students back to basics, or prepare them for the future?

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After two years, months of consultation and much debate, the government has firmly committed only to decluttering syllabuses – in other words, to act on something everyone agreed was necessary from the outset.

The consultation ensured the teaching profession had a voice, and Masters’ report provided food for thought. But on the question of whether the process has advanced debate, one insider pauses. “I would say not a lot.”

Putting aside questions of logistics, I think that the ‘crowded curriculum‘ debate encapsulated in the NSW review is intriguing.

“He’s [Masters] put his finger on the right problem, and it’s particularly an issue at primary school,” says one insider. “There are kids going from primary to secondary, they can’t write, they can’t read, they can’t spell, they can’t do basic maths. We can’t let kids move ahead without these basic literacy and numeracy skills. But that’s not a curriculum problem. It’s a pedagogy [teaching method] problem.”

How schools choose to implement and enact the curriculum will still be at a school level, right?

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