Curriculum review

Alan Tudge’s understanding of our history deserves a fail

By Keith Heggart, Peter Brett and Sophie Fenton

The Federal Minister for Education Alan Tudge says the draft History and Civics and Citizenship curriculum is not

Australian curriculum review: strengthened but still a long way from an amazing curriculum for all Australian students

By Stewart Riddle

There is much to admire in the proposed revisions to the Australian Curriculum, which were released for public consultation this week. I’d give it a B+. The curriculum content organisers and core ideas have been revised to ensure that they are more closely aligned, with some trimming of content to enable greater depth of study.

Five questions to ask if you think teaching problem-solving works

By John Sweller

Every few decades there is a campaign to include general problem-solving and thinking skills in school curricula. The motivation is understandable. Everyone would like our schools to enhance students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Because it is so obviously important for students to have such skills, these campaigns are frequently successful in including thinking and

How to do the sums for an excellent maths curriculum

By Kathryn Holmes and Catherine Attard

As we await the release of a new Australian curriculum for mathematics, debates about its contents are developing. As is typical with educational debates, the issues are often painted in binary terms: traditional vs progressive, explicit teaching vs problem solving, content vs skills, procedural vs conceptual knowledge. In mathematics education, these debates have existed for

Ditching school-based courses cuts passion and wonder. Shame the bureaucrats don’t see that.

By Cathie Burgess

After Pauline Hanson was elected, one school fought rising racism with a school-developed subject.

Curriculum review: where was NESA’s consultation?

By Debra Batley

NESA’s announcement last Monday about its curriculum overhaul had several disturbing aspects to it, writes Debra Batley.

What does ‘back to basics’ really mean? What ‘reforms’ are being signalled this time?

By Naomi Barnes

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has been describing the NSW curriculum review as a signal to go “back to basics” despite Professor Geoff Masters, who headed up the review, insisting it is more about decluttering the curriculum.  To educators like me the phrase “back to basics” has signalled different education reforms over the years, which begs the

Ken Wiltshire: Pyne needs to do his job and fix these 3 emerging problems with schooling

By Ken Wiltshire

Federal Education Minister, Christopher Pyne, seems distracted by other political events as some disturbing developments emerge in Australian

Pyne’s curriculum plans get an F for Fail (not Fixed)

By Robyn Ewing

Every Australian student deserves a quality education with access to the best teachers and resources. No-one would disagree with this lofty aspiration. But the Federal Government’s recent response to the Review of the National Curriculum gives us little evidence we are any closer to such a goal. Education Minister Christopher Pyne asserts that there is

Spurr’s recommendations for English fundamentally flawed

By Eileen Honan

If we follow the recommendations of the recently released national curriculum review for teaching English we will all