Specialising at the age of nine

31st August 2001 at 01:00
CANADA: Ontario is considering a radical change in primary schools by introducing specialist subject teaching from the age of nine.

An offical task force has suggested two divisions: five to eight-year-olds and nine to 11. The younger children would continue to have a single teacher while older pupils would be taught by specialists as in high schools.

The move comes in response to a new 9-11 curriculum with nine discrete subject areas. The task force claims it would be unreasonable for one person to teach all of this. But teacher unions have protested that, like younger children, nine-year-olds benefit from the stability and support of a single teacher.

Nathan Greenfield

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