Curriculum Differences

Hey guys! Thank you so much for all the comments and follow up on my posts! Today I wanted to delve a little bit in the different curriculum imposed by both public and private schools.

Although it seems controversial, public schools’ curriculum are a lot stricter due to the fact that they have to abide by certain rules set by the state. These state mandated objectives are called Common Core State Standards. They include:

  1. Research and evidence based
  2. Clear, understandable, and consistent
  3. Aligned with college and career expectations
  4. Based on rigorous content and the application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills
  5. Built upon the strengths and lessons of current state standards
  6. Informed by other top-performing countries to prepare all students for success in our global economy and society

These requisites in combination with a minimal budget leave very little wiggle space for a diverse curriculum among all public schools. Private schools, on the other hand, have varying curriculum depending on the type of school itself. By not having a precise set of rules to follow, private schools are able to incorporate a variety of different subjects and activities that would never be seen in public schools. However, it is important to mention that the Department of Education does enforce some requirements, but is not nearly as strict as those found in public schools. The main one would be the incorporation of religious courses, which results in the debate of creationism versus evolution. This makes me wonder, what happens if there is a religious student in a biology class who cannot afford the cost of private school and is therefore forced to learn about evolution, a subject that is in other words controversial to his beliefs? Nonetheless, since private institutions provide more variety in curriculum, a student has a higher probability of finding a school that is more fit to them. They are provided with more opportunities and better learning systems than those who attend public school. It is a shame that this is only attainable for the wealthier upper class.

What do you think about this variation in curriculum? Comment below! See you next Tuesday!


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