Curriculum hasn’t had a transformation in over 100 years and yet the world has changed dramatically in that period of time. Whilst the current system demands that students be prepped for final examinations in traditional fields, report after report cites the continual decline of student engagement in science and mathematics and the subsequent affect this will have on Australia’s innovation future.
Einstein’s definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results. There is nothing stopping us from innovating within the confines of the existing system and radically altering the way we approach the teaching and learning within these fields. I propose the following list as one that is incredibly interesting, interdisciplinary, relevant and at the frontier of our future;
Programming, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Entrepreneurship, Quantum Computing, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Machine Learning, Robotics, Cryptography, Synthetic Biology, Global Positioning Systems, Smart Health Care Applications, Biotechnology, Bio-engineering, Aged Care Services, Brain-Computer Interaction, Alternate Energy, Big Data, Nanotechnology, Intelligence Augmentation, Internet of Things, 3D Printing, Blockchain, Universal Basic Income, Web Development.
This is stuff that is for the most part accessible for students and teachers and would provide an interesting and viable context to increase engagement, maintain rigour and increase participation rates.