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1. How could social, political, and/or economic goals serve as filtering and ordering mechanisms in the development of school curricula today?

2. Give specific examples of #1 question; perhaps you can share insights that you gained in conversations with teachers or students.

3. Did the attached document (The Common School) provide any new insights for you on the contributions of early American leaders and educators? What are they and why?

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1. How could social, political, and/or economic goals serve as filtering and ordering mechanisms in the development of school curricula today?

All schools, public or private, in all levels of education, have their identifying Mission-Vision. Vision is the image of their future state which they aim to achieve through their Mission statements. Vision may be tantamount to the school's goal, and their mission, their objectives in attaining that goal. One of these objectives is to develop curricula that are reflective of their Mission-Vision.

Over and above these specific school objectives, however, all schools have to serve a common goal of National Development. By National Development we mean that schools serve the nation as an agency of educating the people and molding them to become productive citizens of the nation. National Development is an encompassing terminology that includes all aspects of man's development: physical, social, emotional, political and economic. In producing productive individuals, the schools' curricula are developed in such a way that what are being taught and how these are taught should directly or indirectly contribute to the goals of social, political, and/or economic development of an individual.

How do these goals impact on curriculum development?

Socially, schools are agents of cultural socialization. ...

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This solution exemplifies social, political, and/or economic facets that serve as filtering and ordering mechanisms in the development of school curricula.

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