When school starts up this fall, students and parents and B.C. will have a new curriculum ahead of them.
The focus is still on the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic, but Education Minister Mike Bernier says the way those lessons are learned will be more “flexible.”
For example, to help students who don’t learn as well sitting at a desk, some lessons will be taken in the auto shop or the music room.
The new guidelines will also focus more on critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills, and include a new emphasis on environmental sciences and aboriginal history.
“They didn't understand math, they didn't understand algebra in the way it was being taught in the older curriculum. But now with this hands-on, they're taking a motor apart, putting it back together. To do that, you actually have to understand algebra and math and physics."
The curriculum will be phased in over three years, starting with K to 9 this fall.