Gon­ski prompts cur­ricu­lum re­view

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS - EMMA DAVIES

“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.

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