Since its inception, the
National Curriculum Board
has aimed to broadly
consult members of the mathematics community. However the compressed time-frame
and mechanisms for consultation and feedback have meant that many people with strong
views are in danger of not being heard or even aware of stages in the process.
Last Friday, 12 December. the Faculty of Education and Social
Work held, of its own initiative, a symposium where all of the present framers of national curricula
spoke to a general audience.
Micro-sessions were then held, with written feedback taken down by scribes to
be forwarded to the National Curriculum Board. The General Manager, Office
of the National Curriculum Board,
, also spoke in a wrap-up session. The organiser of this symposium,
mentioned the possibility of follow-ups.
The National Mathematics Curriculum Framing Paper may be accessed via the webpage
The Framing Paper includes three useful appendices, one of which comprises several pages for giving comprehensive feedback on the document, and an address to send it when filled
The next scheduled event is a National Curriculum Meeting on the
10th February 2009, at which representatives from AMSI (Australian Mathematical Science Institute), of which Sydney is a member, will be present. This may be another mechanism for channeling comments or viewpoints.
The Director of AMSI is