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A ‘crowded curriculum’? Sure, it may be complex, but so is the world kids must engage with

Source: The Conversation

Going ‘back to basics’

Accusations of a crowded curriculum are often amplified following the publication of international educational test results. At the end of 2019, the OECD released the latest results of its Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). The results showed, since PISA first assessed reading literacy in 2000, Australia’s mean score had declined by the equivalent of around three-quarters of a year of schooling.

Australia also trailed 23 countries in maths, and 12 countries in science.

Whenever the comparative performance of Australian students is seen to fall against their international counterparts a blame-game is set in motion.

Read more: PISA doesn't define education quality, and knee-jerk policy proposals won't fix whatever is broken

For instance, Dan Tehan had said he was disappointed with the results and would “take a chainsaw” to the Australian Curriculum — again saying it was too “cluttered”. Together with this is generally the declaration for an urgent need to, “go back to basics”.

It’s not so simple

While the rhetoric around stripping back the so-called crowded curriculum has an appealing simplicity, its application is considerably more problematic.

At stake here are the perceived merits of each of the eight key learning areas that comprise the Australian Curriculum.

It would be a hotly contested decision to declare the content associated with any of the eight Learning Areas (English, Maths, Science, The Arts, Humanities, Technologies, Health and Physical Education and Languages) should be purged.

Sky News host Peta Credlin says it's no wonder Australian students' results are so poor "when the curriculum is crowded out with gender studies and climate hysteria".

So rather than concede the curriculum is crowded, ACARA has opted to describe it as cluttered. The prevailing view here is that it is not excessive curriculum content causing teacher angst, but uncertainty about its structure.

ACARA’s CEO David de Carvalho believes clarifying the structure of the Australian Curriculum and the relationship between the three dimensions of the curriculum — Learning Areas, General Capabilities (key skills and dispositions) and Cross-Curriculum Priorities (regional, national and global priorities) — will go a long way to addressing current teacher concerns.

Read more: What's the point of education? It's no longer just about getting a job

Indeed, ACARA defends the current curriculum’s breadth as necessary for preparing young people for active citizenship in an increasingly complex world.

A complex world

So the challenge is to strike a balance between the competing curriculum demands for “back to basics” and the need for “formative futures” — understood as the fundamentals for effective personhood in an increasingly complex world. Numeracy and literacy may be important but they are not enough to prepare young people to be active shapers of the world they live in.

Yes, the curriculum is busy and requires regular updating and refining. But breadth is not the enemy of depth. A balanced curriculum has the power to deliver a wide range of important lessons.

So, rather than rehearsing old rhetoric about the curriculum being crowded, we should shift the focus to the quality of the learning experience, and how we can best nurture productive interactions between teachers and students.

See the original article.

Edited by user Sunday, 6 June 2021 12:29:31 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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