Patricia Karvelas (Political correspondent) writing in today’s Oz –
The Prime Minister yesterday named Barry McGaw as head of the new National Curriculum Board, to be established by January 1 next year with a mission of forging a single national curriculum.
The Labor Government's national curriculum, which will be implemented in 2011, will initially cover English, mathematics, science and history from kindergarten through to the end of high school.
"In terms of the task ahead, it's formidable. This is an area of work which historically has been paved with good intentions, but with very little outcome," Mr Rudd said.
"Our intention is to make a difference, but it's going to be very hard and we recognise that. It's a three-year task — it'll be tough and intensive work. The nation hasn't done this before, so I'm being entirely up-front with you about how complex I think it's going to be."
With the national workforce increasingly mobile, the Prime Minister said, it was illogical that 80.000 children whose parents moved last year had to face a new curriculum at new schools this week.
He warned that the education system was not world-class because of the different curriculums across the country.
"You could argue that we're small enough to do things as a whole," he said.
Professor McGaw said the states had never used the opportunity of having different curriculums to drive improvements.