I think school curriculums are developed by a small similar group of highly educated individual and are adapted according to the majority of students needs, rather than individual circumstances. I think of curriculum as as list of expected outcomes and indicators that teachers expected to use as guidelines and students are expected to meet each year. It is lengthy, complicated and in some cases unrealistic.
The article Curriculum Policy and the Politics of What Should be Learned in Schools, defines curriculum as an official statement of what students are expected to know and be able to do. It is “developed by governments or other sanctioned authorities for standard use in schools across a state, province, or country” (Levin, 2007, p.7). Each teacher is expected to use curriculum as a guide to implement it in their classrooms.
This reading providing a political view about the development and implementation of curriculum. Prior to this, I looked at it from a practical point of view. The article explains that the government is responsible for everything in some sense (Levin, 2007, p.11). They are in the position to make decisions about a vast variety of issues, therefore education is not the main focus . Although politics is my least favourite subject to talk about, I agree that it is important to have a group of higher power in charge of making important decisions. However, I do not agree that the people making these decisions should have no experience in current classrooms and working with the education. A variety of teachers are brought together to draft certain aspects of the curriculum, except it would be difficult to gather a small group of educators that represent the profession equally. This system can make educators feel lost in a sea of others who feel as though they are not being heard.
I was surprised by the debate about including indigenous language, history, and literature. Through different experiences I have been exposed to aspects of indigenous culture and have grown to appreciate the different way of knowing. Therefore I am grateful for those experiences and desire to learn more. The debate of this inclusion led me think about the culture it places in non indigenous lives. I think it is an important topic to be acknowledged and considered, but not force. I believe if one culture is included and expanded upon, other cultures and religions should have equal opportunity. In some ways it seems as though christianity was removed from the public school system and was replaced with indigenous ways of knowing. Although there is more to this subject, my final thoughts would be regarding the question of when is it okay to teach culture and where is the line drawn?