Politeia, a right-wing think tank, is pushing for England's curriculum to include the study of Latin. Currently, the languages curriculum includes modern languages, which Politeia finds could discourage schools from teaching Latin -- and put the language's future in jeopardy. A review finds that about 10,000 students take the Latin GCSE annually.
The draft history curriculum released by England's Department for Education does not offer students a full understanding of history, according to Matthew Wilkinson, a director of Curriculum for Cohesion. In this blog post, he writes about the need to include more diversity and balance in the draft curriculum by placing national events in the appropriate international context and teaching students about the contributions of Muslims and other groups.
A group of Chinese-educated tutors in British Columbia are recommending that the province make changes to its maths and science curriculum. The educators point to exam results, saying student achievement is declining, but teachers in British Columbia say they disagree with that assessment. The tutors say their greatest concern is the recent decision to eliminate all Grade 12 provincial exams except English 12 or its equivalent.
An advocacy group in Australia is calling for lessons on mental health to be combined with core subjects as part of the curriculum in the country's schools. Including the lessons could help raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, said Jenny Allen, Youth Focus chief executive officer.
The historical figures -- from Benjamin Franklin to Thurgood Marshall and Sandra Day O'Connor -- who could be included in social studies curriculum in Texas schools are under politically charged scrutiny. The state's Board of Education will begin discussions about curriculum changes today. Conservatives and liberals are debating which figures -- and what information about them -- should be included in Texas textbooks. The state is one of the country's biggest textbook purchasers, and its decisions could have a broader effect.