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The 11-12 curriculum has finally been released.

I've attached the pdf below.
Looks reasonably balanced and contemporary. But I don't like the name "Mathematical Methods" for one of the subjects. Reminiscent of the university maths courses taken by students majoring in Psychology, Biological Sciences, the Social Sciences and the like; suggestive of a watered-down maths course.

All maths involve mathematical methods; so imo it is an unimaginative and unfortunate name.
 
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Mechanics can be incorporated into the physics part of the course, and less time can be spent learning history and be more towards the mathematical side of physics.
Teacher incompentancy is the main reason why that doesn't happen.

Also another problem with the old Physics course was that they ran out of questions to ask. They asked the same thing in three difference ways in the final HSC exams in the 20 or so years that it ran.
 

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Is that LaTeX in the mathematical symbols? It looks so ugly lol

Wow, I never expected probability distribution theory and confidence intervals to make it in the curriculum.

Also, why are the senior maths courses named so similarly to the corresponding VCE courses!!!! A lot of this stuff looks like it is based on the victorian syllabus....

There are a lot of flaws in this curriculum...I'm not even going to bother listing them out
 
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Did you hear Verity Firth on 2GB today defending the national curriculum?

I made an mp3 of her at http://4unitmaths.com/acara14.5.2010.mp3 saying

"We're committed to a national curriculum. But we're not committed to a process that waters down the high standards we have in New South Wales. But we don't believe that will happen. We believe that with proper consultation we'll actually have a situation where everyone will be raised up and that there won't be a sense of a watering down of anyone's standards."

She is of course lying

There is also an article about it in the Sydney Morning Herald directly contradicting what she said on 2GB:

http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/national-curriculum-content-not-up-to-scratch-critics-20100514-v4gt.html
 
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Recommended Readings for New Topics:

Balakrishnan, V.K., Graph Theory, McGraw-Hill, 1997

Bronson, R., Differential Equations, McGraw-Hill, 1973

Bronson, R., Matrix Operations, McGraw-Hill, 1989

Lipschutz, S., Linear Algebra, McGraw-Hill, 1968

Spiegel, M.R., Statistics, McGraw-Hill, 1961

Spiegel, M.R., Vector Analysis, McGraw-Hill, 1959 (Chapters 1 and 2 only)

all of which are available for free download on the net and they look great on the iPad.
 
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Here are some submissions for the K-10.

They are from the IEU, Bill Pender, MANSW and MAV.
 
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In what year will the new national Yr 11 and 12 curriculum first be taught to Year 11 students?
 

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Looks reasonably balanced and contemporary. But I don't like the name "Mathematical Methods" for one of the subjects. Reminiscent of the university maths courses taken by students majoring in Psychology, Biological Sciences, the Social Sciences and the like; suggestive of a watered-down maths course.

All maths involve mathematical methods; so imo it is an unimaginative and unfortunate name.
true, ive heard the names were taken from the VCE?

i guess:
K-10=oversimplified;
and 11-12:
essential=idiotic applied maths (non-ATAR perhaps?)
general=wordy maths same as NSW (scaled down FTW!)
methods=2U (couldn't think of another name i suppose)
specialist=3/4U (and some 4U is taken out)
 

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In what year will the new national Yr 11 and 12 curriculum first be taught to Year 11 students?
between 2011-13 the curriculum will be "implemented" which basically means trialled across the country.

so idk, this will be a very flexible process across the state.
 

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Personally I like the current HSC syllabuses for 2U-4U, I don't know why they should change it... but that's my opinion only I think :)

Maybe some slight modifications would be good, but I don't think changing it majorly if that good of an idea.
 

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the NSWBOS prior to national curriculum attention 2009-10 had developed draft syllabuses to replace the current 2U, 3U and 4U syllabuses.

They were called:

Mathematics Advanced
Mathematics Extension 1
Mathematics Extension 2

Personally i had a look at them and they were decent ie. better than both the current NSW and the proposed ACARA syllabuses.

Naturally this proposed update was erased from the Board's website after the national curriculum proposals started to come in.

What a shame.
 

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No. It wasn't. It was archived and is still available on the Board's website at

Archive – Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2 - Board of Studies NSW
ok, replaced erased with archived. its not on the syllabus page anymore though - which obviously means they have no intention of moving forward because the (victorian) national curriculum seems to be taking over.

my point is that nsw was making good progress with maths. better than what is being proposed now anyways.

NSW should decine this national curriculum until it is up to speed with our current worldclass one.

and i +1 a previous comment saying that 'mathematical methods' is poorly named.
 
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I completed ACARA's survey yesterday and repeated in it everything I said at the K-10 forum at Burwood Girls' High School on May 1.

Note that the next forum is for the 11-12 national curriculum and is on

Saturday, June 5, 2pm to 5pm
Professional Teachers' Council of NSW Conference Centre
Leichhardt Public School
101-105 Norton St (Cnr Norton St & Marion St)
Leichhardt NSW 2040

Feedback to ACARA has closed for the K-10. Feedback will close for the 11-12 on July 30.
 
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The highest level of maths should be compulsory to all students.
That's what I think.
 

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Some people don't have your maths skills. Only 10% of the students studying the hsc do Ext2

That was one arrogant statement.
 

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