Before you do the reading ask yourself the following question: how do you think that school curricula are developed? This is an entry point to this topic and whatever you write will be fine.
I imagine that the development of school curricula is an extremely lengthy process with lots of arguing and back and forths about what should and shouldn’t be included. At the very start, it is probably a huge long list of suggestions for what the curriculum makers want to be included. The rest of the process is likely mostly focused on narrowing down this list to what is absolutely mandatory for students to learn. The people who decide this should be people from a number of different positions, mostly within education. So, teachers or past teachers, from the subject areas of whichever specific subject curriculum is being developed. There should not only be high school or elementary teachers though, university professors should also be consulted. I would also see members of high position within the community have a small level of involvement. As well, ambassadors from support programs and elders from indigenous communities should have a voice as well.
After doing the reading, please write your blog entry. Reflect upon:How are school curricula developed and implemented? What new information/perspectives does this reading provide about the development and implementation of school curriculum? Is there anything that surprises you or maybe that concerns you? IMPORTANT - Please write your blog before our lecture as YOUR OPINION will be an integral part of the lecture.
The reading largely focused on how political bodies influence curriculum. While it may sound like the government has control of policy, what they decide is often dictated by the public and popular vote. Especially in a country where democracy rules, political parties are well aware that disregarding what the voters want could be their downfall in elections. Hence, the public eye has a lot of power. In addition, behind the scenes campaign supporters and suppliers may have things they want governments to put into effect if they get into power in exchange for their support.
Being that I’ve had guest speakers in previous and current classes who have been directly involved with curriculum development, creation and implementation, I feel I’ve had a bit of a better idea on the process prior to the reading. Not to say that I fully understand it, but this article gave an interesting look into the political process associated with curriculum creation. I hadn’t previously thought of how party platforms were influenced by the public’s wishes for educational curriculum so this was an interesting new point of interest.
Something that does concern me is the teaching of politics in curriculum. Recently, an issue arose in my hometown where a student spoke out on an assignment they were given to identify between the right and left wing, in which right wingers were identified as things like ‘racist.’ My brother later mentioned, having taken Law 12 from the same teacher, that they were incredibly leftist and liberal with most of their material and teaching. I see this as an issue because it does not allow students to develop their own views and understandings on politics, instead they are forced to be, or at least act, leftist in order to appease the teacher and get a good mark. Not to call out the left side, as I’m sure the opposite has happened in the past as well, but teaching based solely on your own views and biases is a problem.
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