Thursday, June 29, 2017

Standards Drive Curriculum | Truth in American Education

Standards Drive Curriculum | Truth in American Education:

Standards Drive Curriculum


Teacher at Maxwell AFB Elementary/Middle School 
(Air Force photo/Kelly Deichert)

I had an interesting conversation with a school superintendent in Northwest Iowa this week. He was adamant about his school district’s control over curriculum. It’s true in Iowa and most (if not all) states that state departments of education do not dictate curriculum and textbook decisions.
He noted that they barely buy textbooks anymore because they write their curriculum and their teachers use multiple resources because he said no one textbook can provide everything they want to teach.
I’m not chained to the notion of using textbooks, and having taught I can certainly agree that finding the best resources for the particular topic being taught is beneficial. That forces teachers and schools to be all that much more transparent about what is being used to teach students so parents can be informed.
That’s a challenge, however. I asked how they inform parents what is being taught if they can’t peruse a textbook. He said “should” (he didn’t say that it is) be on the teacher’s website and if it isn’t – “that’s on us.”
I’m not sure saying oops, my bad cuts it, but ok. Parents need to be proactive to find out what Standards Drive Curriculum | Truth in American Education:

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