Today he’s decided that maths and science should be compulsory for all grade 11 and 12 students.
It seems like a good idea in theory, doesn’t it? Improving the numerical literacy of the country.
But let’s come crashing back to reality for a moment…
Schools are already having to dumb down their subjects (or if we’re being politically correct, it’s curriculum creep) in order to teach to the lowest common denominator. Can’t have students actually failing anything of course, because that would be bad for their self esteem! So the curriculum gets simplified so that pretty much everyone can pass.
This is already happening now.
Australia is progressively getting worse in terms of their educational standards on a global scale.
So imagine that all those students who voluntarily opted out of grade 11 and 12 maths and science suddenly get forced into subjects that they’re either ill prepared for, or they adamantly don’t want to be in.
Imagine for a moment just how much worse that curriculum creep is going to get in order to account for students who shouldn’t be in those classes in the first place.
This policy idea is totally ill advised.
It’s a nice idea in theory, but for an education minister, Christopher Pyne seems to have little idea about how education actually works in reality.