ECS 210 Week 5 (Piers Hill)

In preparation for both the lecture and seminar this week we were asked to do our blog in two parts. In the first part we are asked to explain how we think school curricula is developed and then show how our understanding has changed after we do this weeks reading in the second part.

Prior to the reading as well as the lecture my understanding of how curricula is developed I believe is pretty simple. From my understanding curricula is developed by the board of education, who sets out guidelines teachers have to follow based on the grades they are teaching. The developed curricula is based on what the government sees as important for students to learn. I also believe that curriculum is rarely updated and teachers will often have to adjust their sessions to fit for this outdated curriculum.

After both the reading and the lecture I have come to realize there is a loft more that shapes curriculum than just government policy. There are many aspects as well as many different groups that shape curriculum; from companies, to parents and students, voters, and experts in the areas of study, all have a roll in shaping curriculum. The one thing that concerns me for all of this is that students seem to have the least amount of say into how their curriculum is formed. Because many of them can’t vote yet, the government doesn’t see their concerns when it comes to shaping curriculum for them. Often this may lead to students learning things that have no impact or interest in their lives, and that is where we begin to run into problems. It may be hard to include but I believe that students need a voice in what they feel is important for them to learn and more of a say in help shaping curriculum.

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