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ERIC Number: EJ774532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
It's the Curriculum, Stupid: There's Something Wrong with It
Brown, Dave F.
Phi Delta Kappan, v87 n10 p777-783 Jun 2006
If teachers and parents genuinely believe that it is educators' responsibility to prepare students for a life of "meeting employers' needs," then teachers have to better examine what it is that they choose to teach students. That is, what should be in the curriculum to ensure that students have the knowledge to prepare them for a life of employment? Educators, parents, and employers all seem to agree on the types of skills they believe students should be developing. They have what the author considers to be a reasonable sense of what students should learn to prepare them for productive and successful lives. But the author finds that the traditional curriculum, divided up into separate subjects, neither engages students nor prepares them for productive lives. He believes that the answer to both problems is to have students design their own curricula. Students who design their own curricula report that they have improved their skills and strategies in thinking critically and creatively, solving problems, working collaboratively with others, communicating well, writing more effectively, reading more analytically, and conducting research to solve problems. No traditional curriculum, delivered as separate subjects, can provide students with the deep, diverse, and meaningful learning experiences that their own curriculum choices can lead to. (Contains 29 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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