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New curriculum ‘doesn’t belong in Australian classrooms’, education expert declares

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A NSW curriculum shake-up which would introduce ‘untimed’ staged learning from next year has been panned by an expert.

The new curriculum would see Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students achieving each stage of learning and moving on at different paces.

Centre for Independent Studies education expert Glenn Fahey told Jim Wilson the new syllabus has its advantages, such as more clarity and explicit examples for teachers giving instruction.

“But where things fall down is around the setting of expectations.

“We [will] track student progress on the basis of stage rather than age, and this is something that doesn’t belong in Australian classrooms.”

Such a system could fail to foster “unison” with a classroom, he warned, with children all working towards different goals.

“I think parents should be concerned that their child may end up being one of the students that does get left behind.”

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