ERIC Number: ED509394
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar-29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
What's the Problem with a "Rigorous Academic Curriculum"?
Wraga, William G.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Professors of Education in Conjunction with the American Educational Research Association (Denver, CO, Apr 30-May 4, 2010)
This analysis identifies six problems with the the popular terms "rigorous academic curriculum" and "academic rigor": they bear multiple meanings, they contain negative connotations, they are survivals from the discredited learning theory called mental discipline, they have more to do with status than substance, they refer to an over-narrow conception of curriculum, and they are imprecise--that is, by definition, the term "rigorous academic curriculum" is not an academically rigorous term. The paper concludes with a proposal to set new terms for students' school experiences, namely, a call for a "vigorous educative curriculum."
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A