One of the major reasons why it is so difficult to change the prevailing curriculum construct and pedagogical approach is because it’s so embedded within the schooling process and has been so for the last 150 years!
Generations of students and teachers have such an industrial experience of schooling that it is part of their very DNA. But, if we are to seriously address the need to reframe the schooling process in a knowledge age then we need to re-develop the DNA. Superficial and cosmetic changes are unsustainable and do little but raise the frustration levels of all involved.
We need substantial changes based on several key understandings:
1. the knowledge age has shaped a new generation of learners
2. there is serious literature over the last decade supporting the direction we need for new models
3. the teaching profession has to engage and provide leadership
4. more testing and more resources aren’t the single solutions
5. innovation and diversity is critical to driving change