Influences that Make Curriculum

Part 1)

According to Benjamin Levin, school curricula is developed and implemented by public policies. Public policy are the rules and procedures that governed a public sector, such as the education system (Levin 8). I have always known that the government has a large influence in developing and implementing curricula. If you think about it the school system, essentially, teaches adolescents the tools to how to live in society as autonomous adults.  The students of today will be running this country and some will even be in government positions. It makes sense that the government would want to influence the curricula to create the next generation of people who will govern the country.

As I stated the government has a huge influence towards the school system. What I did not take into account are the influences that pull and push the government into approving certain polices and dismissing other potential policies. Levin states that, “As population have become better educated and better organized the number and intensity of the pressure on politicians has risen”(11). Also “Governments are particularly susceptible to issues that take on public salience through the media (Levin,  11). The general population has a greater influence than I previously thought.  This concerns me because the population has many diverse beliefs ad opinions on what the school system should and should not teach. Different beliefs and opinions often clash with another. Another concern is that mass media can highlight certain issues pertaining to curricula and ignore other issues is disconcerting.  Often people think that the government has the greatest influence when making public policies that govern education but external forces such as public criticism from the general population and mass media can also greatly influence school curricula.

Part 2) 

The mass media has brought to attention the ongoing oppression of the Indigenous peoples. Their coverage of Indigenous issues have led to the government implementing policies that aid Indigenous peoples in many public sectors. Such as the education system. For example, many schools now have history classes where Indigenous history is incorporated. Implementing these policies, I imagine, were difficult to initiate because of firstly, racism. People do not want to acknowledge that the racism of the past still influence people today. And secondly, people were worried that it might take up time from the real education, such as math and English.

 

Levin, Ben. “Curriculum Policy and the Politics of What Should Be Learned Schools.” Curriculum Making, 19 Sept 2007, https://www.corwin.com/sites/default/files/upm-binaries/16905_Chapter_1.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “Influences that Make Curriculum

  1. It’s really shocking to see that the government has that much control over the curriculum. It’s also a good point to notice that a problem of racism may have caused the rise of tension. This article is a great introduction to the power of government over education.

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  2. I think the point you brought up about how media influences not only government decisions but also curriculum is something I also found relevant but concerning. There are so many varying opinions from outside influences that might not always work in the favour of student learning.

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  3. Hey Richelle,
    I enjoyed reading your blog post! I like the way you analysed the article and I agree with the government wanting to create good leaders for the future (especially creating leaders with the same views as them). Racism is a large part of society today and I agree that it does have a large impact on what is taught in schools.

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  4. Hi Richelle, I really enjoyed your blog post. I liked how you acknowledged the past and still present racism in diction making. I believe that it is very important that we have outcomes put in place where students are able to learn about indigenous ways of knowing. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Hi Rachelle, your blog post introduced some interesting new perspectives for me, specifically in part one. In your first paragraph I had never thought about how the government is actually shaping its future workers before their even out of elementary school to run our country, but that is a very interesting thought. I also agreed with you on your concerns over public interest in curriculum. Typically diversity makes things better, but is it better to perhaps better to leave curriculum curriculum development exclusively to the experts? I’m not sure, but it is though provoking.

    Thanks for sharing!

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