Monday 15 October 2018
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ZONGONEWS EDITORIAL: International Migrant Destinations ( Part 31 )

Global Education – International Migrant Destinations

The curriculum, the overall content of what is being taught in schools, colleges and universities, varies from country to country and sometimes greatly within the country itself. Today we look to gain an insight into curriculum arrangements within the United States, the top global migration hotspot.

In the United States, the education curriculum is set and governed by each individual State and its own legislation. In some States this runs alongside a Common Core, which was introduced by the United States federal government in 2010-2011 with the aim of being able to benchmark the curriculum nationally and internationally.

Drawn up by an advisory group consisting of representatives from the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the Common Core Standards Initiative was developed to standardise all educational standards, specifically address the subjects of maths, English and arts, develop and implement State standards and focus on Standards rather than all areas of the curriculum offer.

The Common Core State Standards describe “High–quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy” which outlines the knowledge and skills expectations of pupils and students at the end of each school year/grade. The curriculum is expected to align with the Standards in core content subject areas.

As with any initiative, the implementation phase is critical to its success and it has been acknowledged that the success of the Common Core is heavily reliant on teachers and school leaders and their delivery of teaching and learning aligned to the new Standards.

According to Irina Bokova Director-General of UNESCO, “Everyone has a role to play in improving education. This starts with citizens, supported by civil society organisations and research institutions, who point out gaps in quality, equitable education. In a number of countries, student movements have often swayed policies on equitable and affordable education, highlighting the power that we all share and must exercise to achieve SDG 4 (Sustainable Development Goal 4: to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all)”

If you haven’t identified your role yet and taken some action, today is the perfect opportunity.

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Lesley Shepperson/