National curriculum raises serious questions
I AM studying for my Bachelor of Education degree at James Cook University. Like most of my colleagues and peers I have been watching, with interest, the formulation and introduction of a National Curriculum for Australian school students.
Like most of my colleagues and peers, I have a number of concerns about the curriculum. The largest flaw that immediately stood out to me is the lack of planning for a national teaching degree.
If we are all expected to teach the exact same curriculum, shouldn’t all teachers be trained through the exact same program?
Shouldn’t my degree through JCU be identical to the degree of my southern counterparts?
When this issue was discussed with university academics the standard response was: geography.
Our unique geographical location means our teaching has to differ to cater for the cultural and climatic subtleties of our region.
So my understanding is this; we have such diverse differences in our student demographics that the education degree has to be individualised by location, yet our National curriculum is being designed as a one-sizefits-all.
Does this seem absurd to anyone else? Teachers are being trained to a specific university course regime that is individual and nontransferrable, yet when we all graduate we are to subscribe to a universal teaching agenda. I honestly think this is a major oversight of the Australian government and would like some answers. I’m not against the National Curriculum, I too can see the benefits, but shouldn’t it start with the foundations of education first? NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED