Why Change the System Now?
British Columbia has one of the best education systems in the world: teachers are skilled, and students are performing at the top of international assessments. But the world is changing and we need to make sure students have the skills they need to succeed in our changing world. That’s why it’s critical that we refine our education system, designed in the last century, so students can succeed in the 21st Century.
New Skills for Future
Parents expect their kids to learn the basics – reading, writing and math. The new curriculum will teach them those skills in a way that connects them to the collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills that are so important after high school. These are the core skills universities, colleges, and employers tell us that they are looking for. The Ministry is also bringing a new core skill into schools – coding, which teaches students the critical thinking and logical approach that is crucial for success in tech careers and in almost every other field.
Research on Learning
We are moving forward based on leading practices from around the world and research of how children and teens actually learn, which tells us:
- No two students learn the same way or at the same pace;
- Effective learning is not just memorizing, but being able to apply knowledge in real-world settings; and
- The best outcomes come through approaches that harness students’ own interests and passions.
Tapping into the Passions of Youth
B.C.’s new curriculum will help students learn by exploring their interests and passions. Whether it is computers, hockey or art, passion is a motivator and students can connect with their interests to excel in the classroom.