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Social Disadvantages And Disadvantages Of Virtual Schoolbag

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Curriculum is more than just a document or a plan. Curriculum is more than just the covering of key content and completing the learning outcomes that make up the intended curriculum. Curriculum is much more than these things and therefore within curriculum there will be many complex issues to be dealt with. One such issue is that of social disadvantage and inequality. As much as the education department would like to achieve educational equality, disadvantages such as those to students from low socioeconomic status still persist. Virtual Schoolbag is a notion created by Pat Thomson. Virtual Schoolbag is a metaphorical schoolbag that is filled with all the non-physical ‘things’ each individual student brings with them to school. The Virtual…show more content…
The opposing argument is that it is the schools that do the disadvantaging. One such solution to the latter is to change the schools. Curriculum experiences can disadvantage and alienate some students, particularly those from low socioeconomic backgrounds (Ewing, 2013). There is a long standing link between intergenerational poverty and lower levels of education (Ewing, 2013). It is often evident that if the child is successful at school then the child’s social future will be much the same as the child’s parents. However on the other side of the spectrum for working class children to do well at school and in the future they need to change to become something different from their families (Thomson, 2002). The intended and hidden curriculum reflect this inequality (Ewing, 2013, p 85). The stereotype that the poor bought it upon themselves needs to be combatted by educators through their implementation of the curriculum. The formal and intended curriculum does not match the experiences needed for living in the twenty first century (Ewing, 2013, 91). By organizing the curriculum to be meaningful to students the educator can improve student outcomes. Making meaning gains attention from students, helps students retain information and makes learning enjoyable (Ewing, 2013). Educators should use quality inclusive teaching strategies to interact with the students and engage with the items they bought through the door in the Virtual
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