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week 5

Before: I always saw curriculum as being designed by the teachers and for the teachers. Curriculum for
me was something that was to aid teachers creating lessons in the classrooms and to show teachers
what they should teach. When I was in middle school/high school in Calgary, I always saw curriculum as
something that is constantly changing, and as something that required the voices of multiple teachers. I
thought that curriculum was written by the teachers as some of the teachers that taught me had actually
written the textbooks that we used. I believe that the curriculum must always be changing because,
much like with all teaching, nothing ever stays the same.

After: After reading the article I have realized that how I see curriculum is not what curriculum actually is.
For the most part, curriculum is not designed for the teachers and this is very overlooked by the
government. Education is a highly political act and what is implemented into the curriculum highly
reflects this. With figures of administration and the government sitting on the board of education
contributing to what is learned, with them being much larger in numbers than acting teachers,
very little of what the people in the classrooms want in the classroom is left out. We saw this through
last friday’s lecture in the case of the Ontario sex ed education. With the majority of educators and
students being in demand of the newer curriculum, it is strange that the largest change in this
curriculum actually came from the newly elected government. It really shows us how the voices of
teachers are respected among the education community. This worries me because teachers know the
best of what happens in the classrooms and it should be up to the teachers to write what they are going
to teach.


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