Back to basics (continued)

Below, how the Herald-Sun described the Australian National Curriculum today.

Interesting that Rudd argues that standards have slipped, yet the results of international testing don’t seem to indicate that. I’ve seen presentations on these tests that indicate Australian students sit very highly in international rankings (this government likes rankings), certainly higher than the USA curriculum approaches the government is heavily appropriating.

Which make me think (again) ┬áthat the real agenda is not improved learning, but political point-scoring. “CAN’T deliver on roof-bats, CAN deliver on education”, that kind of thing.

TEACHERS will be ordered back to school to learn how to deliver a new “back-to-basics” national curriculum.
Kevin Rudd said standards had been allowed to slip over the years, leaving children without the building blocks for a decent education.
From next year, every student from prep to year 10 nationwide will learn from the same curriculum in English, history, maths and science.
“It’s making sure that the absolute basics of knowledge, the absolute basics of education are taught right across the country,” the PM said.
In a world first, the draft curriculum has been placed on the internet, allowing parents to see exactly what their children should be learning.

Back to basics

The long awaited draft detail of the National Curriculum wont be out until tomorrow but, as any long-time reader of this blog would know, I’ve got strong reservations about it. Those fears weren’t really soothed with the Prime Minister’s quote in the AGE today.

Mr Rudd said the objective was, ”without apology, to get back to the absolute basics on spelling, on sounding out letters, on counting, on adding up, on taking away.

”The basics that I was taught when I was at primary school a long time ago, and that’s what our national curriculum is all about.” he said.

As if that could possibly be a good thing?