In the fifth of our 10 steps on developing better education for our children, we look at the curriculum and how it needs to change to better reflect what we know about how children learn.
These 10 steps first appeared as a part of our briefing paper for British parliamentarians, which is why they talk about ‘parliament’. They could equally apply to many governments around the world . . .
#5 Unpack the Curriculum
In an information-saturated world it is essential to appreciate what it is that children need to know and understand now that will equip them for a lifetime of performing justly, skilfully and magnanimously.
Parliamentarians can no longer assume that a well-educated person is the by-product of the study of a range of academic disciplines, nor that enterprise and adaptability can simply be taught as school subjects.
A far less content-prescriptive curriculum emphasising skills such as the ability to think, communicate, collaborate and make decisions is required. If subjects are taught in a way that offers children a wide variety of experiences in which both mind and senses are equally appealed to, the personality will blossom, and the child will be drawn irresistibly into a network of relationships in which slowly they will learn how to get along with other people.
Knowing what we now know we no longer have the moral authority to continue doing what we have always done.
10 steps towards a better education