The new curriculum that the Government plans to use from subsequent yr in Catalan colleges will cut back the variety of failed college students and repeaters within the Compulsory Secondary Education (THAT). But the academics warn: it’s a “trap”, as a result of will probably be in trade for “worsening the quality of student learning”. They accuse the conseller of Education, Josep González-Cambrayof wanting to enhance the statistics, however warn that faculty failure will live on.
The doc that Ministry delivered to the facilities establishes that the analysis standards will likely be based mostly on competencies and never on content material. That is, “students will have to achieve skills that will be essential for their personal development, to solve situations and problems in different areas of their lives.” Until now, they needed to perceive some contents and use them to resolve competence-type actions. For instance, a scholar should perceive the essential accounting of an organization and its monetary statements to be able to later have the ability to research the feasibility of the venture based mostly on its actual knowledge. “The competence had to be demonstrated based on prior knowledge and this is objectively evaluable,” he explains. Jesus OrellanaHigh School instructor.
A highschool instructor instructing class / EP
From subsequent yr, the logic is the other. The contexts the place competence studying might be developed will likely be formulated and, from right here, the information is formulated. It is true that not all information might be instantly associated to every day contexts, however they’re “indispensable to give students opportunities to choose, with equal opportunities, their future profession.”
It will likely be taught by areas of information. Thus, a arithmetic instructor might also observe in areas reminiscent of expertise or physics and chemistry, however he is not going to accomplish that solely within the topic by which he’s specialised. Orellana sees it”a rip-off for college kids, as a result of the educator is not going to management the matter in depth and can transmit “superficial knowledge”. “In the face of students’ doubts, the richness of the teacher’s explanation will always depend on the knowledge in which he is specialized.” In addition, “an expert will be able to adapt the complexity of his explanations to the needs of the students, offer a comprehensive vision and find the appropriate resources according to the needs of each moment. It is impossible for a non-specialist teacher to do this”, he explains. .
“The quality of education is at stake”
The new mannequin brings into play the Quality of schooling that’s supplied to college students, who “deserve teachers who really master the knowledge that has to be given in class,” in addition they say from the unions. “Who has to do a specialty is the specialist, not a person who does not dominate the subject”, he maintains Iolanda Segura, of Ustec. The consequence of this curriculum is that college students is not going to have in-depth information, however will study “just and necessary.” But it would additionally have an effect on academics, who must prepare “quickly and quickly” on topics they have no idea sufficient about and which they must educate.
Secondary college students coming into the institute / EP
They imagine that the Government is making a “mistake” as a result of it’s turning the Secondary into a brand new Primary. “If they end specialization, the contents are lost and what is learned will be of little use.” They take into account that the Autonomous Executive proposes ESO as a terminal stage when it’s not, however quite ought to serve to coach for the longer term.
Thus, the brand new curriculum may assist cut back in Catalonia the information on dropouts and faculty failure -which are above the state average-, however “at the cost of learning” of younger individuals.