One of the first questions in the Tyler Rational is “What educational purposes should the school seek to obtain?” I can relate this very much to my highschool experience, going to Catholic highschool one of the main purposes were to instill the Catholic faith into each and every student. First off they did this by requiring the lord’s prayer at the beginning of each day. Also they made it mandatory that each student who wanted to graduate from their institution be forced to take Christian Ethics, a class on the Catholic religion that was required for all four years. While making us take these classes we were assigned homework and then given tests on it to make sure we were in fact learning about it.
The Tyler Rationale has limits because it does not give the students a choice in what they want to learn or how they go about learning it or as the article states “ The learners end up with little to no voice”. It becomes a cookie cutter way of learning, that ends up not working for most students. As for the Christian Ethics class forced upon us in highschool it was very much text book based and any one questioning what it said was shut down and not allowed to express their opinions.
While the Tyler rationale has it flaws it’s also beneficial in helping provide teachers with a guideline on what should be taught. As the article states “providing a clear notion of outcome so that content and method can be organized and the results evaluated.” By having what is supposed to be taught in a well organized manner and being able to see the results of what we are teaching, helps us as teachers rethink the way we are teaching and provide new methods in order to get the information across in a more efficient manner.