READING, maths and science are at risk of being over-emphasised under the Gillard government’s drive to lift education standards, the primary school principals association has warned.
In their submission to the House of Representatives inquiry into the Australian Education Bill, the principals also question whether the three core subjects will be considered important by the international community in 12 years’ time.
APPA says the OECD group of industrialised nations is already asking what students should learn in the 21st century, and points to a recent blog discussion proposing “a much broader knowledge base; skills such as creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration; character-related traits in both moral and performance domains; and a meta-layer of learning”.
This is why throwing money at education fails. It is the attitude of educationalists that is the problem. Can’t have the children spending too much time reading, it just gets in the way of the meta-learning and knowledge co-creation.
(HT: Steve of Ferny Hills)