BRO reacts: Second graders will learn about the principles of gender sensitivity, inclusiveness and interculturality and to think critically

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After reports in some media that according to the new curricula for primary education, children in the second grade will learn about identities, the Education Development Bureau (BRO), which recently published the curricula for the second and fifth grades, reacts that wrong information is being published. The BRO says the focus is on national standards rather than on learning outcomes specified through assessment standards in each individual curriculum.

– The national standards consist of knowledge, skills and attitudes, that is, values ​​based on eight areas of key competences for lifelong learning that students should acquire by the end of primary education. In the education process, each subject in each grade, as well as extracurricular activities in the school, participates, according to the age of the students and the specifics of the subject, in the acquisition of those competencies. In each curriculum of a specific subject, it is precisely stated what the student should learn in that subject in the given grade. This is seen through the learning outcomes and assessment standards outlined in the curriculum, the Bureau points out.

If you look at the curricula for the second grade, BRO clarifies, in the evaluation standards and the activities offered, the three leading principles of the new Conception can most directly be recognized: the principle of gender sensitivity/equality, the principle of inclusiveness and the principle of interculturality.

- For example, in the second grade Society curriculum (pages 6-10), the following learning outcome is stated: "The student will develop an awareness of respect for differences based on gender, language and opportunities", which is expected to be achieved through specific assessment standards (eg: "Recognizes situations of unequal achievement with boys and girls in school." and "Gives examples of respecting and not respecting differences in different contexts.") and a series of age-appropriate activities offered of the students, which enable the students themselves to draw conclusions regarding gender equality, indicates BRO.

The bureau, together with the Ministry of Education and Culture, appeals not to accept and spread fake news, which, as it adds, "are part of everyday life in our country" and calls on "all interested parties to request relevant information from the expert teams of the competent institutions instead of interpreting or transmitting it themselves." statuses from social networks".

- This is why one of the main goals of new curricula and teaching methods is to teach students from an early age to think critically when receiving and processing information, instead of believing every piece of information they hear, regardless of whether it is well-intentioned. or maliciously placed. In that way, primary education will enable future adult citizens to be more resistant to political or other types of manipulation, according to the Education Development Bureau.


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