Core Curriculum – Why?
…It’s a big risk, too, for a country to commit its entire school age population to ‘national’ or ‘core’ curricula. It needs to be certain what it’s doing is right. Get it wrong and everyone is affected.
As a general rule of thumb, if a government chooses to go down the core curriculum path, it needs 1) to benchmark its planned curriculum against international peers, and be able to justify its curricular decisions to a range of stakeholders with regard to subject area and content.
Additionally, in the West, where democratic participation is highly valued, it should be able 2) to point to a thorough consultation process with key stakeholders, on national soil.
Taking into account the wide range of interests, expertise and commitments not only increases the likelihood of generating a good curriculum, but also its adoption. When we have a degree of ownership in a project, we tend to care for it. We’ll see it through.
Additionally, like any major policy initiative, the introduction of a core curriculum should show 3) how it relates to what is already in place; 4) how it betters what is already in place; and 5) it’s achievability. Read More
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