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ERIC Number: ED040197
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
Pages: 9
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The Free Choice English Curriculum.
Kirschenbaum, Howard
A viable solution to the problem created by English curriculum designers whose course selections have failed to stimulate students' interests or to develop their language arts skills is to involve students in curriculum building, offering them a structure under which they may choose courses relevant to their needs. The free choice curriculum approach motivates the student who has chosen and committed himself to a particular course and maximizes the effectiveness and morale of the faculty. Disadvantages are the possibilities that teachers will not encourage student participation in curriculum planning, that course offerings will be limited in number, that slow learners may be ignored, that small schools would be handicapped by limited offerings, that the logistics of curriculum planning could be overwhelming, and that students would graduate unacquainted with standard literary works. Despite these drawbacks, the curriculum has provided exciting results for both teachers and students. While it excludes the possibility of prescribing certain "musts" for literature study, the free choice curriculum retains the responsibility for teaching communication skills in the context of any course. (JM)
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Note: Speech given at the Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (Washington, D.C., November 1969)