The School Council proposes that History and Geography of the Canary Islands be compulsory in the third year of ESO

Archive photo of a classroom in an institute in Gran Canaria. / Juan Carlos Alonso

The representative body of the educational community sends its report on a subject "of curricular strategic relevance" to the Ministry of Education

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The Permanent Commission of the Canary Islands School Council (CEC) has issued a report in which he considers that the so-called «Canarian contents» should be taught both in a subject studied by all students, History and Geography of the Canary Islandsas well as through its transversal integration in the curricula.

In the document
He proposes that it be taught in the third year of ESO, but he is open to the Ministry considering it to be in the fourth year as well..

The representative body of the educational community highlights in its report that the subject
must continue to be compulsory in ESO because "it is a matter of strategic curricular relevance" on the islands.

And it is for his contribution "to promoting awareness of Canarian identity" and for fulfilling the mandate of the
Statute of Autonomy, which states that "subjects relating to the history, geography, society, politics and culture" of the archipelago will be an integral part of the educational plans in the compulsory stage.

The School Council sent this Wednesday to the Ministry of Education of the Canarian Government its reasoned report on the subject in the new ESO curriculumrequested by the Ministry itself to assess its initial intention, which it later rectified, of offering the subject as an elective in the third year of ESO together with Economics and Entrepreneurship, when until now it was compulsory in the fourth year.

Education argued its initial decision, included in the draft of the new curricula, by the application of the Lomloe, better known as the Celaá law, in which
now the Canarian contents are going to be taught in a contextualized way in all the subjects of all the stages,
increasing students' knowledge of their land by up to 40%.

The School Council "values ​​and shares" the Education proposal in terms of "the approach and curricular design of transversality" in the Canarian content "in all the areas and subjects of the different stages", but considers that History and Geography of the Canary Islands
must continue to be mandatory as an "organizing, enhancing and dynamic axis" of the transversality of these contents.

In third

Waiting to know "a greater specification" of the development of the Canarian contents in the curricula and in the specific subject, the School Council indicates in its report that it must be done "from a dual approach", as "an object of knowledge and as a context for learning development.

within the curriculum,
the representative body of the Canarian educational community proposes that History and Geography of the Canary Islands be compulsory in the third year of ESOalthough I would also consider it appropriate that it be offered in fourth if Education considers that this way it has a better fit in the model imposed by Lomloe, Natalia Álvarez, president of the Canary Islands School Council, explained to this newspaper.

And he proposes that Economics and Entrepreneurship be transferred "to block 2 of optional subjects" in the third year of ESO, "which would contribute to strengthening greater coherence with the fourth option itineraries."

The president of the School Council points out in this regard that this is a technical decision on the curriculum that must be decided by the Ministry of Education based on what is contemplated in the new educational law.

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