Before Reading: (Levin, B. (2008). Curriculum policy and the politics of what should be learned in schools.)

Before you do the reading ask yourself the following question: how do you think that school curricula are developed? This is an entry point to this topic and whatever you write will be fine.

I believe a collection of prestigious school officials wrote school curriculum. I assume that the government assigns a few people who they believe best reflects their own beliefs about schooling to make the majority of decisions. I also believe this is somewhat related to what they want in their citizens when they reach adulthood (i.e labor influence in industrial revolution).

After Reading: (Levin, B. (2008). Curriculum policy and the politics of what should be learned in schools.)

How are school curricula developed and implemented? What new information/perspectives does this reading provide about the development and implementation of school curriculum? Is there anything that surprises you or maybe that concerns you?

After reading Levin’s work it became clear just how many people have something invested in curriculum. Including people with personal investments (parents, teachers) as well as economical investments (textbook creators, employers, etc.). And it is not just one appointed board who creates curriculum, it “involves some combination of national, local, and school participation; and in federal systems, education governance will have a fourth (and often primary)level at the state or province” (Levin, 2008). That is both large and small scale influences and there a lot of different perspectives to accommodate. In terms of implementation there is an attempt to use data and individual expertise, as well as an interest to include more input from everyday citizens. The amount of input these individuals and data gets is highly dependent on the amount of power they are given and ultimately the province and government together get to do the ultimate decision making. I was unclear to what politics had to do with any of this until I read the quote which stated “one of the most enduring definitions of politics is Lasswell’s (1958), ‘Who gets what?'” (Levin, 2008). This surprises me as it really drives home how many people are or want to be involved in the decision of what I teach students.

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