I’ve decided the best way to convey my concerns with the curriculum rewrite is through video, and for those that just want the highlights, I’ve included the outline I used to make the video. Not as much is conveyed, but you get the basic idea of where I am going with the video.
Curriculum meeting opened with a first nations land acknowledgment.
Host spoke of a process to nominate ‘experts’ who helped write the curriculum. No details on who or how were given.
The draft was divided into 5 sections. Math, arts, science, health, and social(ism).
Each section was essentially set up to show goals of concepts conveyed, what vague general items they were trying to convey for those goals, and what the students were supposed to take away from those conveyed concepts.
Arts and Social(ism) were clearly the focus, and Math and Science appeared to be the smallest. (I may be wrong on Math, but it was a small section of the wall, and I didn’t have time to go over it.)
The entire process seemed to indicate to me that they were not really interested in changing anything substantial, just that they wanted to gauge how well it would be received, and change some of the wording to be “more positive” and acceptable when they come out with the next draft.
The intent of the new curriculum seems to be focused on 3 main points:
The meetings were not set up for you to have any sort of reasonable amount of time to give proper feedback. I went to both sessions, and was only able to cover a “Cole’s Notes” overview of about half of it. Each 1.5 hour session had .5 hours of introduction (,including the first nations spiel,) and explanation of what it was they were allowing us to see.
Here is what I got from the individual groups:
Didn’t have time to cover it. Appeared to be small, and given what I know of the “new math,” did wish to waste what little time I had on it.
Clearly their main focus. Massive section. Outpaced all the other groups by several pages of objectives. What better section to incorporate culture and traditions than in the arts. Didn’t go over it.
I had the least issue with Science, and the answer I got to questions were direct and refreshing. No attempts to deflect or imply that I was reading into it things that were not there. The main issue I had was a section on energy, and interconnections between all living things, and a deliberate injection of first nations traditions in the ‘science’.
Health is where you really see their focus on becoming parents. I was surprised a potty training session wasn’t on the list. Issues of consent are in every grade. Implicitly in K and explicitly in 1-4. There is also crazy ideas of personal space, and parents needing to get permission from kids. (Even for hugging.) Lot of focus on identity, and mental health. (The kids knowing mental health, not the adults.) And there was something about Digital Citizenship responsibilities in grade 1. Not a fan of the sex ed/puberty talks in grade 4 either. Ya, that was in the old curriculum, (or so I’m told,) but just because it was before doesn’t mean it should be there now.
Global citizenship was a goal in every section, every grade. It was the one thing they wanted kids to believe. They also encouraged kids to be activists, and to set their value based on their identity group. Social Studies had zero history, and the only group that wasn’t included was white people. Social Studies was clearly written by the dangerous people peterson is talking about in the below video.
Other links referenced in the video: