Meena Wood, International Education Consultant, trainer and author, UK
Reflecting on the values and the purpose of curriculum is at the heart of educational practice. Education must enable young people to acquire powerful knowledge, plus gain the lifelong skills that they need to apply that knowledge in a fast-changing world. How may we achieve this? In my view, firstly through embracing the connectivity between arts, humanities and sciences and secondly by locating the application of knowledge and skills in a real-world context. I argue that, in so doing, we are more likely to confer a sense of purpose and belonging for young people. They would see themselves as global citizens with the key skills to work anytime, anywhere, anyplace.
With precisely this intent, education systems from countries as diverse as Singapore, Finland and Estonia have created an ‘adaptive curriculum pathways model’, with equal parity for academic, creative and technical subjects. In Singapore and Es