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After the consultation period in 2010, there will be implementation and trialling in 2011-13. Thus the relevant state curricula will be replaced with "national" curriculum. Recently ACARA released proposed reform for the core subjects of English, Maths, Science and History in Year 11-12.

These proposed change have been heavily criticised by NSW for not being up to the worldclass standards NSW upholds. The Board of Studies responded (see link below).
Board of Studies News.

This is what NSW already has:

  • Fundamentals of English (Prelim only)
  • English as a Second Language
  • English Standard
  • English Advanced
  • English Extension 1
  • English Extension 2 (HSC only)
  • Applied Mathematics (HSC only)
  • General Mathematics
  • Mathematics Advanced
  • Mathematics Extension 1
  • Mathematics Extension 2 (HSC only)
  • Senior Science
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Ancient History
  • Modern History
  • History Extension (HSC only)

This is what ACARA proposes:

  • Essential English
  • English
  • English as an Additional Language
  • Literature
  • Essential Mathematics
  • General Mathematics
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Specialist Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Physics
  • Ancient History
  • Modern History

source: ACARA Australian Curriculum consultation portal - Curriculum documents

Any thoughts?
 
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Shitty names.
And Methods and Specialist are VCE.
i like 3U and 4U better.
Yeah it will take some getting used to for NSW.

I guess there's just one mainstream 'English' course (as oposed to Standard and Advanced) with 'Literature' being Extension.

History and Science and straight from NSW's though.
 

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so basically drama, visuall arts, music and all those artsy subjects are gone?
 

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Not a fan of the new names for the Maths, what we have now sounds better I think, glad this won't affect me.

Anyone know if the Maths Syllabus for each one are harder/easier?
 

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so basically drama, visuall arts, music and all those artsy subjects are gone?
no of course not. there will be more national subjects coming to replace the state ones in the relevent subject areas. but where there are no national subjects, state ones will be used (for now).
 
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Not a fan of the new names for the Maths, what we have now sounds better I think, glad this won't affect me.

Anyone know if the Maths Syllabus for each one are harder/easier?
Yeahhh..... i said before with maths that "Specialist Mathematics" probaly covers 3U (and maybe a bit of 4U, but not all of it). So easier to an extent. More choice too.
 

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So if I graduate in 2013, i will have to do all these wierd, new subjects?
 

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FUCK!!!

I would rather force the country to learn the NSW curriculum, rather than enforcing a dumbed down curriculum on the nation.

Why I like the NSW curriculum?
- Wide freedom of subjects (economics, industrial tech....)
- Students from NSW traditionally perform better than other states in the NAPLAN.

If the list that the OP made truly only has those subjects in it, then I propose integrating components from the "scrapped" subjects into those that are on the list (eg. implement economics concepts such as supply/demand curves and graphs into one of the new math courses)

Too bad that this cannot be done with foreign languages (japanese, Chinese...)
the list i gave was only for the phase of implementation between 2011-13 regarding core senior subjects.

here are extracts from the following reliable source: (Frequently asked questions - Board of Studies NSW)

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What does the Australian curriculum mean for NSW schools?
Currently we are in the consultation phase so schools should continue to teach the NSW syllabuses. Once the Australian curriculum for a subject is approved by the NSW Minister for Education and Training, it will replace equivalent NSW curriculum content and be adopted for implementation in NSW. The Board of Studies NSW will provide notification and information about changes to syllabuses as they are approved.

ACARA expects the Australian curriculum in the areas of English, mathematics, science and history to be available for implementation from 2011. Advice will be provided to schools about implementation timelines and support materials developed by the Board of Studies and the education sectors after the curriculum is published in Term 3, 2010.

How will the Australian curriculum affect assessment and credentialling?
Credentialling, and related assessment requirements and processes, will remain the responsibility of states and territories, which in NSW means the Board of Studies.

Similarly, how the curriculum is taught and assessed (other than for a credential) remains the responsibility of each education sector. As such, models, approaches and practices to which schools are committed need not be affected by Australian curriculum.

The School Certificate and the Higher School Certificate will continue as usual and remain the responsibility of NSW and the Board of Studies.

What is happening to subjects not included in the initial curriculum development?
Phase 1 covers English, mathematics, science and history. Phase 2 covers the development of curriculum for languages, geography and the arts. Phase 3 will cover information and communication technology, design and technology, health and physical education, economics, business, and civics and citizenship.

Any learning areas not included in the Australian curriculum development will continue to be the responsibility of state and territory education authorities.
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Thank god this doesn't affect me.
that seems to be the consensus.
So if I graduate in 2013, i will have to do all these wierd, new subjects?
There is a chance that you may escape - just.
Your only hope is if NSW leaves it to the last year ie. implements it with the class of 2014 cohort.
However there is also a chance that you may get these subjects lol.
 

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