Curriculum Yuck

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Having explained what exactly education is and who it is intended for it’s now time to examine the content. What are students learning in today’s school? Is there are particular type of curriculum society should be shifting towards in order to produce the best and the brightest? What type of future should teachers prepare their students for? In an interview conducted by the New York Times (2013) with Jeff Rickey, dean of admissions for local university, revealed just how significant course selection can be to those students applying to go to college. In the interview Rickey, explains the transcript of a high school clearly displays the type of rigor in the school’s curriculum and he stresses multiple times in the interview that students enroll in courses that are most challenging for him or her. In addition, he says most colleges look beyond classes just offered in the general education realm of curriculum. It is within the curriculum of the school to prepare students for the type of future they desire. Whether it is continuation of education in college, technical or trade school or to come out of high school ready to join the workforce, a school’s curriculum should appeal to all types of students that walk through the halls. Education of the whole child (Noddings, 2003) takes place in every subject area, “We can and should ask all teacher to stretch their subjects to meet the needs and interests of the whole-child- Working within the present subject centered curriculum, we can ask math and science teachers as well as English and social studies teachers to address moral, social, emotion and aesthetic questions when they fall naturally within the confines of the curriculum” (Noddings, 2003). A good curriculum will meet any stude... ... middle of paper ... ..., Instructional conversations in a high school Spanish class. Foreign Language Annals, 40(1): 604–621. Thompson, A. S., & Fioramonte, A. (2012). Nonnative speaker teachers of Spanish: insights from novice teachers. Foreign Language Annals, 45(4), 564-579. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1346752899?accountid=6143 Virginia Department of Education. (2002). Collaborative Family-School Relationships for Children's Learning. Richmond, Virginia: Office of Student Services Wilbur, M. L. (2007). How foreign language teachers get taught: methods of teaching the methods course. Foreign Language Annals, 40(1), 79-101. Wolpert-Gawron, H. (2010, December 3). Equation of Success: Top Ten Responsibilities that Students Must Own. Edutopia. Retrieved April 15, 2014, from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/student-responsibility-academic-success-heather-wolpert-gawron

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