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Curriculum as Public Policy

This week while reading Levin’s article, I learned some new facts about the implementation of the curriculum in schools across Canada. To begin, Levin defines curriculum as β€œ what students are expected to know and be able to do.” (p. 8) According to the article, teachers have a big role in the development of the curriculum. However, Levin describes the government as the biggest influencer in curriculum decision maker, since curriculum is basically shaped by political action. The new information that I found on this reading is how government and other associations have more power building the curriculum than teachers. I feel that the government is not aware of many important facts that teachers would be more familiar with, like student’s development process or skills in the classrooms. Also, as Levin explains, some important decisions made by the government are often made very quickly with limited information and discussion due to no other alternative. Another new information for me is how the involvement of experts in curriculum development can cause disagreements and confusion on what to do since they can make the subjects too hard to teach and learn. I agree with Levin when he suggests that community members should be involved in the curriculum development because their thoughts also need to be considered. I, as an community member and future teacher, think that we should have a louder voice and our opinions should be heard more when it comes to creating the curriculum; because at the end of the day, teachers are the ones who must use the curriculum daily and deal with it through the year.

As reading pages 1 to 4 of the Treaty education document, I learned about the goals that are set out from Kindergarten to grade twelve, which outline what outcomes should be achieve in the class and the knowledge students need to acquire. I consider that Treaty Education should be apply in different subject areas and in all grades with no exception. This document similarly to Levin’s article, brings the idea of how many people and components it takes to create and develop a curriculum.

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