School curriculum revisions introduced

Students to see new emphasis on reading, writing and arithmetic to help them succeed in life after graduating.

  • Sep. 1, 2015 7:00 p.m.

Central Okanagan school students will be exposed to changes in the Kindergarten to Grade 12 curriculum

The world is changing. Technology and innovation are reshaping society. Today’s students need the right skills to succeed in tomorrow’s world.

That is why this fall the B.C. government is kicking off a three-year transition to a new curriculum in B.C. schools that will ensure students learn the basics like reading, writing and arithmetic in a way that connects them to the collaboration, critical thinking and communications skills they need to thrive in college, university and the workforce.

Curriculum is the game plan for teaching established by the Ministry of Education. It maps out what teachers teach, and what students are expected to learn.

Flexible learning is at the heart of the refined approach and it will help teachers tap into the passions and interests of individual students.

Students can learn about core subjects while doing projects related to their interests, such as music, hockey, or dinosaurs. There are also more hands-on learning opportunities so students can see how classroom knowledge applies in real-life situations.

The curriculum will also include:

* renewed emphasis on environmental sciences;

* Aboriginal perspectives integrated throughout all grade levels;

* the history and ongoing legacy of the residential school system; and

* new content regarding historical experiences of East and South Asian

immigrants.

The plan was developed in collaboration with more than 100 B.C. teachers over the past three years, and for the first time, all subject areas have been developed at one time— by teachers.

Starting this fall, the government begins the three-year process of transitioning to the new curriculum, starting with Kindergarten to Grade 9. Teachers in those grades will have the option to use the new curriculum this school year, before it is fully implemented in all schools in fall 2016.

The entire K-12 curriculum will be phased in by the 2017-18 school year and will continue to be presented by subject areas and grade levels, ensuring consistent province-wide learning standards for all B.C. students.

“Parents, teachers, educators all share the same goal – student success. With five years of labour peace, we can focus together on connecting students with the skills they will need tomorrow. The new curriculum will help ensure students have the skills they need to turn their dreams into reality in our constantly changing world,” said B.C. Education Minister Mike Bernier.

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