Why do you think it is important for teachers to be aware of the Melbourne Declaration?
Teachers need to be aware of the Melbourne curriculum because for a successful teacher it is understanding that all children need diversity in their learning and cultural awareness. The declaration reinforces the notion that all students "vital role in promoting the intellectual, physical, social, emotional, moral, spiritual and aesthetic development and wellbeing of young Australians, and in ensuring the nation’s ongoing economic prosperity and social cohesion" ("Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians", 2008). In my personal understanding as a pre service teacher, these fundamental values should be at the highest importance when teaching children and nurturing their development.
Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians. (2008). Retrieved 10 March 2017, from http://www.curriculum.edu.au/verve/_resources/National_Declaration_on_the_Educational_Goals_for_Young_Australians.pdf