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Primary schools to teach business under new govt plan

Myriam Robin /

Primary school students will be taught the fundamentals of business and economics under a new move by the Gillard government.

Education Minister Peter Garrett released a paper yesterday outlining directions on the purpose, structure and organisation of an Australian curriculum for business and economics.

Titled Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business, the paper was prepared by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority.

“The economic and business curriculum will be developed from Years 5 to 10. It is assumed that all students will be taught economic and business across Years 5-8,” it said.

“In Years 9-10 students will have the opportunity to continue their study of economic and business.”

According to Garrett, the paper recognises that economics and business are inter-related disciplines.

“This curriculum will equip the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and businesspeople to continue to grow the Australian economy as well as take advantage of the global business opportunities the Asian Century will bring,” Garrett said in a statement.

“As well as preparing students for employment, the curriculum will also teach students how to manage their personal finances.”

The curriculum is underpinned by four ideas: resource allocation and making choices, the business environment, consumer and financial literacy, and work and work futures.

It was developed with input from a range of stakeholders including state and territory and non-government education authorities, teacher associations, schools, businesses and universities.

Feedback from the paper will guide the writing of the Australian Business and Economics Draft Curriculum, Garrett said, to be released for public consultation later in the year.

This piece is extracted from a larger one published on our sister site, StartupSmart.

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Myriam Robin

Myriam Robin is a reporter for SmartCompany and its sister site LeadingCompany. She has degrees in economics, international studies and journalism. She likes writing about businesses taking risks and doing new things.

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