The article by Levin, “Curriculum Policy and the Politics of What Should be Learned in Schools,” discusses school curriculum and how it is implemented and developed. Levin defines curriculum as “an official statement of what students are expected to know and be able to do” (pg 8). The article was a pretty dense read, and some concepts became hard to grasp. Towards the beginning of the article, there is a discussion on how the government in power is thinking about ways of being reelected—in other words, trying to do what voters want. Outside of government, the article also talks about how almost everyone has attended school, so everyone has an opinion on the education system. Curriculum politics tend to involve many people with “some combination of national, local, and school participation” (page 15). Policies can cover topics like who teaches, where they teach, how they teach, what resources are to be used and who they teach. Many of the decisions are made within the education system are made with little outside attention. Public voice is minimal. I believe that the curriculum needs to evolve and change with social norms and expectations continually. I understand that this is a near-impossible idea, being that curriculum is the way it is for a reason. It would take a great deal of time and effort from many people to make and keep up with the changes. I hate to say that something is impossible, but it is hard to see what one person can do to make the necessary changes as an individual. The article does touch on taking “account of emerging knowledge in the field,” so someone, somewhere, is trying to keep updated. I am glad that there is research being done to evolve the curriculum.
There are connections between Levin’s article and the Treaty Education Outcomes and Indicators document by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education in the political approach to curriculum. The document states that there is a sub-committee responsible for the development of the curriculum. The document shows that the province of Saskatchewan is starting to include Treaty and Indigenous education in our school systems. There is a long way to go in this area of our education system. There was a late start to including Indigenous knowledge, but now that is included, I hope that we can build a robust curriculum including Indigenous culture, treaties, history and traditions.
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