Caitlin Cleveland: New Curriculum and Assessment Tools

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"As a mother of three school-aged children and one who values innovation and critical and creative thinking, this is an exciting time for our students."

That's the message from the mother of a student in the Northwest Territories, where a controversial new curriculum is set to replace one that's been in place for more than 40 years, the CBC reports.

The new curriculum, which has been adopted by schools in British Columbia and is now being tested in some schools in the Northwest Territories, is designed to encourage students to explore concepts "practically rather than passively," according to a release from the Northwest Territories Department of Education.

The release notes the new curriculum "allows youth to learn through multiple pathways to encourage them to find their interests and learn various skills by exploring concepts practically rather than passively."

But not everyone is thrilled with the new approach.

One teacher in the Northwest Territories tells the CBC she's worried about the curriculum's emphasis on memorization.

"It's going to be hard for students to learn in one sitting," she says.

"They're going to have to be active participants in their learning."

Another teacher says the new curriculum doesn't focus on what students know, but on "what students can do."

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