Interim Report – Reviewing the Curriculum
The New South Wales Curriculum Review has been tasked with reviewing the entire school curriculum to ensure that it engages every child and young person in meaningful and successful learning The goal is to provide every student with the knowledge, the skills and the attributes required for further learning, for life and for work in a rapidly changing world Although the school curriculum may have served most students well to date, the world has changed and we can expect to see ongoing change. The question now, is how we can best prepare all young people for a very different world. Much of what schools taught in the past is likely to be equally relevant in the future. But changes in society, increasing globalisation, an increasingly diverse Australian population, and advances in technology mean
that priorities will change. For example, it may be less important that students can perform calculations that can be performed simply by a device. Advances in technology, including artificial intelligence will change the nature of
work in many occupations, a growing number of low skill activities and occupations will be
replaced by machines. Some estimate that 40% of current jobs will be replaced by technology
in the next 10 years. This presents an urgent challenge. It means we risk many students not being able to find a job and being economically disadvantaged
throughout their lives. The urgent challenge is to ensure that no student leaves school with only low level skills. However, the evidence is not encouraging. Since the turn of the century, the percentage of 15 year olds with only low level skills in reading and numeracy has been growing. Although not the entire solution, reforms to the content and structure of the curriculum are essential to ensure no student leaves school unprepared for their future.