Monday, May 22, 2017

The Silverdale Normal School Curriculum

Throughout the world there are exponential changes occurring that are going to impact on the lives of our learners. We need to be highly aware of these changes as we prepare learners for their future lives. The  three major factors are contributing to these changes:

Technology
Technology is changing our lives.  If you were to cast your mind back 10 years ago (before smartphones, Facebook and 3D printers) not even futurists were able to predict the advance in technology.  What will the next 10 years bring?  A wide range of technologies are influencing what the future workforce will look like.  At the time of writing this piece buildings are now being 3D printed overnight for a fraction of the cost of building, robots are completing surgeries and the first unmanned trucks have completed delivery of goods across America.  It is impossible to accurately predict what jobs will actually exist in the future.  
Population Growth
There are now more people on earth than at any time EVER.    
Can the planet sustain this?  Food, water, fuel, air…. How many people can the earth sustain.  Recent research has indicated that  if the average person consumed as much water as a person in India, the earth could sustain 15 billion people.  However if we took the average water use of a person in North America the figure would be 1.5 billion.  The current population of the world is 7.5 billion.  Never before have issues such as sustainability been so important.  
Globalisation
The world is shrinking.  As a result of technology people can communicate seamlessly in real time and travel is fast, efficient and increasingly affordable.  This provides more opportunity to collaborate and connect, but also creates pressures on the workforce.  It is now not good enough to be the best in your country, you need to be competitive on the world stage.  An understanding of cultural difference is now only a fraction of what is required of our learners.    There has never been more opportunity to collaborate and connect.  

Sir Ken Robinson believes that these pressures have some implications for curriculum design.  He believes that the purpose of education is:

‘To enable students to understand the world around them and the talents within them so that they can become fulfilled individuals and active, compassionate citizens’.

He also believes that an effective curriculum is made up of two major parts:

The world outside us (of our skins)- history, traditions.
The world exists only because you do-  your world alone.   Learners inner world.  
Can we bring the learners inner world into the curriculum world...
Education doesn’t cater for the learners inner world…..

We believe that these two aspects are played out via our:
-Emerging curriculum framework which has sustainability, citizenship, enterprise, hauora and globalisation at it's centre.
-Our SNS Learner attributes.

We look forward to sharing more of our curriculum development at a parent evening or session this term.

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