Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen has obtained the mop and bucket. It’s time for spring cleaning in Norwegian curricula. Some may get a more prominent place on the mantelpiece, other ports in the boxes to be out in the garage. Røe Isaksen has already announced what is in store when the White Paper on renovation of school submitted Friday: New, interdisciplinary topics shall into training. The various subjects will get fewer and larger competence.
The interdisciplinary themes are “democracy and citizenship”, “sustainable development” and “health and life skills.” The choice of such themes testify that those who put up what students should learn, have in mind that they are growing up in a troubled time. There is a whiff of awareness and preparedness of these plans, of a desire to stem the unfortunate tendencies it is difficult for society at large to overcome.
When the minister presented the main proposals in the white Paper yesterday, he mentioned how knowledge in the social sciences and history may make it easier to recognize alarming signs of the times. When several forms of extremism are on the rise and it be questioned key democratic principles, in Europe and in other parts of the world, you know the foundations of democracy, help young students to resist peacock cascading populism. Awareness of sustainability can also equip the pupils to take responsibility for long-term challenges.
The prioritization of life skills and health is another method to prepare students for adulthood. The Norwegian comprehensive school has always aimed to reduce social inequalities, and never succeed.
Still height of the bookshelves in his childhood home and the number utdannelsesår parents behind him govern how it goes with the kids. Many ports in the back of society queues because they lack a type of expertise that often runs in silent legacy. They are selected away in the competition for jobs and apartments because they do not know well enough codes for presenting themselves to rituals and formalities. With low education increases the chance to struggle with obesity and unhealthy diet.
By prioritizing as they do, it seems that the Ministry will counteract the forces that push also very young people into marginal zones, and downsize thresholds into labor that has to do with ignorance and alienation. Modern adult is intricate stuff, which requires many forms of expertise. Making this an integral part of their schooling, students can gain a greater familiarity with the community. The renewal is also an anchor. This is appealing grip.
As to priority within subjects, there is an echo of Ludvigsen Committee conclusions from last year when the Minister talking about that more and more competence has entered the curricula, while nothing has expired. Eleven must stand in a strained spagat over vast fields, where knowledge of the different parts of the subject are sketchy.
A debate on the content of school will often stand between knowledgeable enthusiasts, where everyone will have good arguments for why their particular corner of subjects is important. But it can affect students’ time and elbowroom to access the material and gain a deeper understanding of what they learn. The bulging social studies in secondary schools is a crowded bag where nearly all the important historical movements during the past 150 years is stuffed into. This subject is dire need of weeding.
“Decluttering” has been a buzzing index over the last year, inspired by clearing experts Marie Kondo: Glowing proclaimers of choosing gospel, steadfast in the belief that fewer things create greater happiness. Now known same zeal reached the government offices. Meanwhile, cost unknown. The minister has so far talked more about what’s coming in, than what goes out. When the signals are positive, it also has to do with that no one has yet had to sacrifice their’s pet.
Nobody knows yet how much the formation that must yield to training. It is only when this becomes known, that a detailed assessment will be possible. So far it seems priorities sensible and farsighted. They can make students’ toolkit grow existence a little more complete.
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