A global shift towards “alternative” education –
In the UK, the government has announced a new national curriculum, which would be a first for any country.
“It is a new way of thinking about education that looks to the future, which is where the country is now,” Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said.
It is also a new approach to how students learn and it’s a big change from the UK’s past, when schools were focused on “what you learned in class”.
“That’s not where the future of learning is,” she said.
In the US, the education secretary, Arne Duncan, has also set a goal to reach 70% of all students by 2020, which could mean a reduction in the number of teachers and schools.
As part of the move, Mr Duncan announced the creation of the National Teacher Diversity Initiative, which will be used to recruit new teachers and staff, as well as a national teacher training programme.
“There is no question the UK is a world leader in providing a quality education for all students,” Mr Duncan said.
“But in the next decade, we must be looking at how we can make our future brighter and ensure we keep pace with the rest of the world.”
The move comes amid a global backlash to the failure of the UK education system to deliver a quality system.
Many parents and teachers have complained about the “broken” curriculum, with parents being told to wait until their child has finished secondary school to see whether they qualify for a job.
Critics also argue that the new curriculum does not give teachers enough time to teach their students the material, which means students can spend more time on homework.
The new curriculum, called the New Year’s Learning Challenge, will be available for students from the age of 12.
Teachers will also be able to use the new format in the following two years.
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