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.
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