B.C. curriculum to include contributions by South Asian immigrants

Vancouver, October 2 (CINEWS): The BC government announced its partnership with more than 100 teachers to develop new curriculum for schools over the next three years.
Minister of Education Mike Bernier and B.C. Teachers’ Federation president Jim Iker on Monday announced a wide-ranging support plan so teachers get the information and training they need to bring B.C.’s new curriculum to sikhcontrolife in their classrooms. Also significant is that the curriculum will include the history and the contributions of the East Asian and South Asian community to the development of the province (British Columbia) and the injustices they experienced.
Aboriginal culture and perspectives have been integrated throughout all grade levels.
The support plan includes:
* Learning sessions for teachers at the provincial and local levels
* Webinars, videos and district-level teams in place so teachers can learn first-hand what is working in the classroom
* Extra time set aside throughout the three years so districts and teachers associations can collaborate on training for teachers
* Dedication of two existing professional days to the new curriculum in 2016-17 and 2017-18
The new K-12 curriculum maps out what teachers teach and what students are expected to learn. While it focuses on the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic the new curriculum teaches them in a way that students also learn the collaboration, critical thinking, and communications skills needed to succeed after high school.
The curriculum will be phased in over three years. K-9 is available for teachers to use this year on a trial basis before being fully implemented next school year. By 2017-18 the entire K-12 curriculum will be used throughout the province.
It is imperative that all students including those of ethnic backgrounds understand the contributions of those that came before them as well as the part played by immigrants. In the case of South Asian immigrants in B.C, they have played a very significant role in the growth and development of the province.

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