Would you like to learn to speak Mandarin, the main language of the Chinese people? Do you think it’s a good idea to learn about environmental problems like climate change at school? In the UK today schools want to teach new subjects, not traditional ones. They want to teach students about things that are important today.
For example, China is becoming a very important country for business. Some teachers think it’s better for students to learn Mandarin at school than Spanish or French. At the moment French is the most popular language in UK schools but it’s not very useful for the students’ future jobs.
Geography lessons are also changing. Some people think it’s more important to learn about modern environmental problems in geography than to learn about continents and countries.
A lot of people don’t like the changes. They think it’s important for children to study traditional subjects at schools and learn different subjects later. Of course, parents want their children to learn EVERYTHING but unfortunately there isn’t enough time in the day and I’m sure children don’t want to stay at school in the evenings too!