Before leaving his post as Australia’s Education Minister, Christopher Pyne approved a major restructuring of the public school curriculum. The new plan makes code and programming skills central. In a statement released by Australia’s Department of Education and Training at the end of September, Pyne laid out plans to disperse $12million for:
- The development of innovative mathematics curriculum resources.
- Supporting the introduction of computer coding across different year levels.
- Establishing a P-TECH-style school pilot site.
- Funding summer schools for STEM students from underrepresented groups.
From grade 5, students will learn how to code. From grade 7, they will learn programming. What they will no longer be required to learn, however, is history and geography. The new plan replaces these heretofore core subjects with the technical skills of digital innovation. more...