What do you think the aim is when selecting educational topics for the national curriculum?

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Sample Answer:

Well, it depends on the level of education, but it should be to deliver the basic academic and life skills students need and also to match the needs of the country with students coming through the education system.

This would mean that children develop the skills they will need to participate successfully in the workforce in the future based on expert analysis of what skills will be required.

So, for example, once students have developed past basic reading and writing, math and science, they also need to learn critical thinking, analytical thinking, teamwork and collaboration skills so that they can integrate into the world of work.

Another aspect to this issue is that in recent years there has been a huge emphasis on university education and little offered for those students who either don’t want to go onto tertiary education or don’t meet the requirements.

Some experts now say that there are too many highly qualified graduates and not enough jobs for them all, but there is a lack of skilled workers at lower levels. Some people blame this on lack of emphasis on vocational training which is something that school curriculums haven’t really focused on very successfully.






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