Curriculum changes with 21st century

As we enter a global economy, and as more is learned about how students learn, curriculum changes and adapts.  Two areas the Milford school district is changing involve the possibility of adding Chinese language study and adapting how math is taught.

Chinese

Last year, the district applied for a grant that would have brought a Chinese language teacher from China on an exchange program.  While competition was fierce and we did not receive the grant, we are trying again this year.  If the grant is received, a teacher from China would join our district for the grant period, teaching Chinese language and culture at the high school, and possibly a Chinese culture class for 8th graders (depending on scheduling).

Even if the grant does not happen, there are other options to provide instruction in Chinese.  We may be able to share an instructor with another district, or we may be able to offer an online course.

Students will see the option to take Chinese on their course selection guide.  They will be asked if they would be interested in taking the course with an instructor, through an online option, or either.  The district is also asking for community feedback, as demand will help determine if a program of any sort is worth pursuing.  Please feel free to comment here, or email me your input.

Math

Math standards are changing as the country learns more about what works and what doesn’t in math instruction.  We are behind many other countries in our math achievement; after looking at what they do, our standards are adapting and we are moving to national instead of state standards.

In the U.S., we currently teach math by covering many broad concepts, with a “spiral” approach to follow up in subsequent years.  However, other countries have more successfully used a narrower, more in-depth approach.  Dr. Farrell explained that, for instance, instead of teaching 30 broad concepts in a school year, students would learn fewer concepts in that same year but learn them in depth and thoroughly the first time.

One Response to “Curriculum changes with 21st century”

  1. Sher Says:

    Really I can’t imagine of all languages they want to teach or offer, Chinese is the one of choice. Our country has a strong spanish population and culture. Why would we want to waste resources when this could be used towards cultural exposure and education that our children are actually exposed to in a larger multitudes. Even if you look at it from a tourist perspective how often do Americans travel to China versus spanish speaking countries.

    I cant believe our district is even entertaining the thought.

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