Do you have to learn aboriginal culture in mathematics and cause poor performance for Australian students?
According to the News Co., Ltd. website, Federal Minister of Education Christopher Pyne believes that from the results of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), it can be seen that money is not the answer to improving the quality of education.
The Abbott government plans to abolish a "politically correct" course. This course requires students to learn aboriginal culture while studying mathematics. The course also guides students to give "reasonable" answers rather than accurate answers.
Kevin Donnelly, director of the Education Standards Institute of Australia, criticized the current teaching curriculum as "only breadth, not depth", and believed that "academic rigor" needs to be strengthened.
"The scope of the teacher's teaching is too wide, and this situation is particularly prominent in elementary schools. This has led to a lack of focus on learning for students, and they can only learn something." Donnelly said.
According to the national curriculum standards set by the former Labor government, in every subject (whether science or physics), students must also learn about indigenous culture, environmental sustainability and the relationship between Australia and Asia. .
Payne said that whether these "politically correct" learning content should be retained is open to question. But the way of teaching mathematics "must have problems."
"Teachers use'reasonable' to evaluate students' mathematics homework. This practice needs to be reviewed. Australia needs rigorous science and mathematics courses to improve student performance and maintain Australia's economic competitiveness in the future." Payne said.