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New 10th grade program: Students don’t need to learn History, Physics if they don’t like it

In the next school year 2022-2023, the 2018 high school general education program (GET) will officially be implemented in the 10th grade program.

With this new program, 10th graders will not have to study History or Chemistry, Biology, they can also skip History or Geography if they don’t want to and they can completely choose subjects. such as Music or Education in economics and law… depending on their interests and future orientation.

This is also considered as a fundamental innovation, students can choose many favorite subjects for career orientation. However, these innovations also bring many concerns to students and parents in the first year of implementation.

At the “Talking about the general education program 2018 in counseling and orientation for students and students’ parents” organized by Luong The Vinh Middle School – High School, Prof. Dr. Do Duc Thai – Editor of GDT 2018 Math program answered questions for parents about the new program.

Prof. Dr. Do Duc Thai said: “The 2018 GDPT program will be implemented with high school students from next year, with 3 Maths and Foreign Languages ​​with 3 periods/week and 1 compulsory subject of National Defense Education 1 period/ Week, Physical Education 2 periods/week and experiential activities (saluting the flag, activities, experiential career activities) with 3 periods/week, compulsory education subject to local regulations and total 15 hours /the week.

The new program The Ministry also stipulates that students choose 5 out of 9 subjects divided into 3 categories: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, called the group of subjects of Natural Science; History, Geography, Economic and legal education cluster of Social Sciences and Humanities; Special subjects: Informatics, technology, art (music, fine arts).

And the students’ task is to choose from the 3 groups above 5 subjects and each group must choose at least 1 subject to study during the 3 years of high school.

New 10th grade program: Students don’t need to learn History, Physics if they don’t like it
Prof. Dr. Do Duc Thai – Editor of the 2018 GET program in Mathematics

Thus, 10th graders in the next school year may not need to study Physics, Chemistry, History, Geography… if they don’t want to. However, the question is how should students choose elective subjects to facilitate future career orientation as well as convenience for the school to schedule timetables because there will be about 108 combinations of subjects to choose from. .

Prof. Dr. Do Duc Thai said that in the regulations allowing students to choose again, if they choose the wrong one out of 5 subjects, the end of grade 10 has the right to choose again.

“For example, in 10th grade, students choose History but in 11th grade they don’t want to study History, they can switch to Geography. However, during the summer break, students are forced to retake 10th grade Geography to get enough points for later graduation.

The problem is how to have time to study because summer vacation is not enough time to re-study a subject and it is also difficult for the school to organize because maybe a school with only 3-4 children will re-study and then arrange classes. , how to rank teachers?

A 1-year 35-week course with a system of tests and assessments accumulated in a few weeks of summer, I confirm, cannot be organized.

Therefore, I advise students and parents to be very careful in choosing electives,” Prof. Thai said.

Also according to GS. Thai, choosing a combination of studies is related to the orientation to university, if you choose the wrong elective, students have to worry about “dealing” in class while taking the university entrance exam will be extremely tired.

In the mind of a parent whose child is about to enter 10th grade, Mr. Nguyen Quang Hung wonders if students choose elective subjects will disrupt the traditional fixed class. So how do you manage your children to learn effectively?

In this regard, Prof. Dr. Do Duc Thai said that with compulsory subjects, students will learn the same, all class hours, fixed classes, students still have a close-knit group like a class. traditional.

“It is true that elective learning, children learning according to their own choices will break the class structure because then some students choose this subject, some students choose another, it will be like studying for credit at a university. This is a difficulty for the school when managing students, especially students in grades 10 and 11 whose children are undergoing significant physiological and psychological changes.

Assuming class 10 has 160 students registered for Physics, the school is divided into 4 classes, the school has to divide the time frame so that students do not have the same time frame.

Even if class 10A has 20 students registered for elective Physics, they don’t have to put those 20 students in one class, so it’s very difficult to manage students. Not every homeroom teacher, because Physics students can study in one room, but Biology in another room,” said Professor Thai.

Currently, Australia has only 20 students/class and the ratio of teachers/students is 2.3/1 but in Vietnam this ratio is 1/16. And then with a school of 4,000 students with only 140 teachers allowed, it will be difficult to manage, and of course this aspect must be overcome by the school.

“There will be subjects that few students choose, so it is difficult to arrange a timetable, the upcoming school’s task is to realize an acceptable timetable to guide parents and students to choose”, Prof. Thai affirmed. .

Hoang Thanh

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