Considerations for Policy (Math)
● Usually, students have to select one area either Science or Humanities, in matriculation ; however, the world has changed. Engineering or Science departments at International universities like Harvard, MIT, Oxford are giving admission to those who have studied humanities courses along with math/science. It is their mandatory criteria.
● Economically, the market is saturated with engineers and people from IT fields but they lack the soft skills, in order to inbuilt the soft skills it is very necessary to teach them humanities concepts as well. (International Engineers have endorsed this thought)
● It promotes interdisciplinary approach
● Students in their later field/higher studies don't get the chance to study humanities/arts courses if they are enrolling in medical or engineering fields thus, this curriculum will help them develop the soft skills when they are in school/college.
● Upgradation of assessment
Combining the Arts and Sciences in one curriculum is based on the idea of a well-rounded education. By integrating subjects from both areas, students can have a comprehensive and holistic learning experience. Integrating the Arts and Sciences can also help foster creativity, critical thinking skills, and interdisciplinary connections. In the context of a math curriculum, the integration of the Arts can provide students with new ways to understand and engage with mathematical concepts, and can promote the development of problem-solving skills, spatial awareness, and communication abilities. Overall, combining the Arts and Sciences in education can enhance students' knowledge and skills in a range of subjects and prepare them for a dynamic and ever-changing world.
In the context of a math curriculum, the integration of the Arts and Sciences can bring many benefits, such as fostering creative problem-solving, critical thinking skills, and interdisciplinary connections. However, it is also important to consider the potential challenges, such as limited resources and resistance from stakeholders, before implementing such a change.
The idea behind the new curriculum is to move away from a traditional, rote learning approach and instead focus on making the curriculum more application-based. This means that instead of simply memorizing information, students will be encouraged to apply what they have learned to real-world scenarios and situations. This approach has been shown to be more engaging and effective, as it helps students to understand the relevance and importance of the subjects they are learning. By making the curriculum more application-based, students will have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the subjects they are studying and will be better prepared for the challenges of the modern world.
As such no new technology/ new software/domain has been updated that will bring about a sea change in the implementation.
However, there will be one book for Math
students, so textbook publishers may create a hue and cry, similarly the
examination boards may create a hue and cry that they now need to update their
papers and combine it into one.
Teachers and schools may also create issues and teachers for one stream may be let go, as only one teacher would be needed to teach one curriculum.
Students may also find it very difficult to adapt as mainly the streams were earlier separated to facilitate the students primarily. As the failure rate for Math students had really risen due to one curriculum between 95-2005, after which it was thought that it should be uncombined.
There may be other implementation challenges such as even if the curriculum has been finalized, still textbooks may not be up to par or may take too long to print (as the grade 11-12 math textbooks - based on 2006 curriculum are still not printed, and thus have not reached the students.)
Lashback on the new curriculum:
However if there is a lashback that the new curriculum be uncombined, i.e. to bring it back to the former mode of two separate curricula for the Arts and the Sciences, then we NCC will have to work to produce a separate document from this main document just like when in 2006 a math curriculum got notified, and then in 2007 an simpler offshoot of it was created to facilitate the Arts students.