Wednesday, 8 February 2012

High school maths incentives don't add up

Some very sensible comments about education in Western Australia by Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans in High school maths incentives don't add up :
...schools are too focused on getting students high university entrance scores.
...there seemed to be a narrowing of the system which was very dangerous in terms of education.
...too often the systems now are about the ATAR score, not about education
We are encouraging students to take lower level, easier courses in Years 11 and 12, which is actually preventing them from going to university
The state government does, I think, need to act urgently to rebalance those incentives that prevent students taking up maths and science in high school, and continuing that through to university. There is a narrowing at high school that I think is very dangerous in terms of education
Hopefully, someone from the state government is listening. Unfortunately, with the liberal-labor divide, I doubt anything will come of it.

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