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Think Back to Your Primary and Secondary School Experience

Think back to when you were in school. Did you wonder how the topics were chosen for your class? Did the teacher choose the topics or did the school district choose? How has curriculum development changed since you initial school experience (in the late 80's early 90's)? Compare and contrast what is the same and what is now different in curriculum development and instruction. How did the trends you experienced impact your achievement?

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In the 1980s, teaching was more of an isolated endeavor than it is presently. At that time, teachers were handed curricula that took the shape of a basic outline. Not only was the curricula not as specific as it is today, but largely teachers were left to independently determine how to implement their basic outline. Everything has changed today. In the past, there was little standardization, which made educational programs more challenging for students. For example, it was not uncommon for a student in high school to move from one English grade to the next feeling as if the curriculum did not connect in any significant way. Likewise, when administrators would walk into several classrooms in which the same course ...