Thursday, 11 December 2008

Primary school science shows our failure as 21st century teachers

Primary school science skills fall to 1994 levels
According to survey results (including ERO) we are not teaching this essential subject that is the forerunner and our opportunity to teach for the 21st Century. I have seen this attitude to science and technology in New Zealand schools, squeezing it out, or squeezing it in. 
Are primary school teachers or principals to blame? We talk about teaching for the 21st century yet how do we get out of the conforming boxes of fitting in the 'right' curriculum subjects. Who decides on the 'right' subjects and are we still really teaching for the 20th century?