Gonski prompts curriculum review
“This is a once in a generation chance to examine, declutter, and improve the NSW curriculum to make it simpler to understand and to teach.”
THE recently released Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools
– a.k.a. Gonski 2.0 – is calling for an overhaul of the current national school curriculum.
The NSW Government has since launched a comprehensive review of the entire curriculum, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian acknowledging that the world has changed since the States last review in 1989.
“We want to ensure our students have every opportunity with the skills needed for the jobs of the future. This includes a greater focus on the basics including english, maths and the sciences,” Ms Berejiklian said.
State Education minister Rob Stokes said that the review puts David Gonski’s report into practice.
“This is a once in a generation chance to examine, declutter, and improve the NSW curriculum to make it simpler to understand and to teach,” he said.
The review will examine the role of new technologies in curriculum delivery and how they have impacted teaching methodology.
Mr Stokes said it was not only important for the review to draw on the expertise of teachers but also to include Australian perspectives throughout the curriculum.
“This will include Australian literature, scientific discoveries and key events that have shaped our history,” he said.
“For Australia to continue to mature, we must first have pride in what has made us great.
“We are a proud pioneering nation. The tyranny of distance once meant we had to invent, improvise, and do things for ourselves. A by-product of this isolation was innovation and the cultivation of incredible minds.
“It is time to look at how we can best support students to develop that mindset and those skills in the complex modern world.”
The review will be led by Australian Council for Educational Research chief executive Professor Geoff Masters, with a focus on finding ways implementation can be decluttered and simplified.
“This review is a timely opportunity to demonstrate how the national reform agenda can be successfully tailored to the specific needs and context of a high performing State education system. This is how Commonwealth/state collaboration should work,” Professor Masters said.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a comprehensive review of the states’ curriculum.