Sunday, 29 October 2006

Curriculum Consultation

Many of our schools took Tuesday as a Teacher Only Day to discuss the draft curriculum & feedback to the MOE in the consultation process.
I spent the morning @ Stratford where Bruce was leading discussion. We examined the teaching practises of the industrial age classroom as we experienced it growing up in NZ and discussed what we wanted a Yr8 graduate to look like at SPS - what skills, attitudes & capabilities we felt they needed. These were all generic to the rhetoric that supports the idea of a 'life long learner in the knowledge age' & has been articulated by all our BardWired teachers in 'visioning' workshops before. Pretty much all summed up in the draft curriculum vision - our young people will be...
  • Positive in their own identity
  • Motivated and reliable
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Enterprising
  • Resiliant
  • Able to relate well to others
  • Effective users of communication tools
Lifelong Learners
  • Literate and numerate
  • Critical and creative thinkers
  • Active seekers, users, and creators of knowledge
  • Informed decision makers
Actively Involved
  • Participants in a range of life contexts
  • Contributors to the well-being of NZ - social, economical & environmental
All very worthy attributes ok, but I can't help thinking that what we have criticised industrial age teaching for - moulding our kids to suit society (Another Brick in the Wall) we are still doing but for a different society 'The Knowledge Society'. No country wants to be left behind in our new "Flat World"! I really felt this also as I listened to Jane Gilbert speak at ULearn as well. Somewhere in the equation needs to be some student voice and choice...
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