Schools’ shift from content knowledge a concern – Winnipeg Free Press

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Sept. 6, 2017

Content-rich instruction may not be as flashy as some of the educational alternatives, but it’s a whole lot more effective.

Educators have long debated the importance of specific content knowledge in the curriculum. Progressive educators generally favour a non-content-specific learning process. Traditional educators say all students should master a defined body of knowledge.

The 21st-century learning movement, with its emphasis on non-content-specific skills, such as critical thinking and creativity, is the latest manifestation of the progressive approach. A number of provinces — notably Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario — are making substantial curriculum changes to reflect the priorities of the 21st-century learning movement. If this trend continues, content knowledge will get less emphasis in schools.

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