“Today as students, my children face the same learning experiences as me 20 years ago. Everywhere around the world new methods of teaching and evaluation are being practiced but our children continue to just copy exercises from the board, mug them up and reproduce them in the exam. If there are changes, they are for the worse. Children now have access to more information channels, yet more and more subjects and content are added to the school bag.” – NCF 2005
What do children need to learn today, in order to be prepared for tomorrow?
This is a question in the minds of Policy Makers and Educationists all over the country. The NCERT and the NCF have come up with several initiatives to make education in the country more relevant and meaningful and to prepare children for the challenges faced in the 21st Century. But this change is slow to translate into reality as School Owners, Administrators and Teachers need continuous support for this to happen. The text book alone is no longer a repository of knowledge.
Today’s children are 21st Century Learners!
We need to equip them with skills needed to succeed in the 21st Century, develop in them competencies to cope with current challenges, use methodology that is in sync with the changes happening all round us and instil values that are relevant to societal changes.
These changes impact both the content we teach and the way we should teach!
Teaching in the 21st century is no longer about giving children knowledge - Knowledge today is found in very small hand – held devices and at the press of a keypad. The need today is to equip children with the skills to use knowledge in a variety of situations.
A school curriculum typically refers to the knowledge and skills students are expected to learn, and includes the learning objectives they are expected to meet; contains the units and lessons that teachers teach; give a variety of assignments and projects for students to do; suggests the books, resources, digital content to be used in a course. It must also contain tests and assessments and other methods used to evaluate student learning. These are tools to test the efficacy of the curriculum and how it impacts teaching and learning. A well – planned curriculum achieves the objective of motivating learning, experiential learning, enhancing knowledge and abilities and developing positive values and attitudes. These elements could help achieve ‘whole-person’ development of students.
The MYLESTONE CURRICULUM SOLUTION
The Mylestone Curriculum solution is targeted at helping all stakeholders – schools, teachers, parents and most of all children. The Mylestone Curriculum is all about – Empowered Teaching, Easy Learning
The solution is a ‘planned outcome’ and:-
The curriculum can be divided into three distinct parts. The ‘Planned’ section as is laid down in the Teacher’s Hand Book. The ‘Received’ curriculum which focuses on the reality of students’ experiences is contained in the Student Course Book and Practice Book and other course materials. The ‘Hidden’ curriculum is acknowledged as the socialization process of schooling. It is in the way we teach our students to become good citizens and follow the norms of society when these three are integrated effectively and scientifically, we get an end – to – end curriculum solution that makes Change happen!