Langley School District is putting its own touches on B.C.’s new curriculum, which is being rolled out for students in kindergarten to Grade 12 over the next couple years.
It will focus on individualized, student-driven learning in collaborative settings, as opposed to structured classrooms.
At the Langley board of education’s first meeting of the school year, on Sept. 29, assistant superintendent Gordon Stewart was excited about the new curriculum and how it will be implemented in Langley.
“The new curriculum does much better at engaging students,” said Stewart, who has been a principal at several Langley schools.
“Right-brained learners haven’t been ignored in the school system, but they have been marginalized.”
B.C.’s new curriculum is designed to allow right-brained thinkers to excel.
The argument for changing how teachers teach and how curriculum is delivered is based on the province’s belief that schools need to graduate students who are ready for the new global economy.
“Don’t worry, we aren’t going to ignore the left-brained learners,” said Stewart.
“But our children have to be prepared for the global economy so they can focus on sets of skills that will help them be successful.”
He said the future belongs to creators, inventors, entrepreneurs, big-picture thinkers and people who can work collaboratively in business markets all over the world.
Gone will be students sitting in rows of desks, with a teacher lecturing from the front of the room.
Memorization tests will become part of the past as will textbook learning, all of it to be replaced by research-driven schoolwork.