Changes to the NSW curriculum were released today. While some of these changes were positive, the fact remains that the government has a monopoly on the curriculum in NSW. It is stifling innovation and choice. If the government gets the syllabus wrong, it’s a pretty big stuff up. And inevitably it will, because it doesn’t and can’t know what students want. Students are individuals, whose dreams and skills the government is not privy to. On the other hand, choice activates the market to respond to such dreams.
I asked my students what they want and its something very different to what’s on offer, something more relevant to their interests, with more just-in-time knowledge and less just-in-case knowledge. Current arrangements result in disengagement and complacency. It’s evident everyday. We’ll only get a system that responds to the needs of it’s customers and get happy, thriving students, if choice and pluralism is allowed. Students should be given the dignity and option to choose for themselves. It’s that simple.
As Jeffrey Tucker has written so eloquently, when we hinder human activity, we don’t get all the unknown wonders that could’ve been created otherwise.