We’ve launched this blog with the hope of cultivating a wide-ranging forum for discussing school curriculum. By “curriculum,” we generally mean the meat-and-bones of academic lessons -- what gets taught, in what order, at what grades. This obviously covers a lot of ground--policies, programs and materials, trends, standards and assessments, research, controversies, and best practices.
Over the past few years, the two of us have reported on a bevy of curriculum topics, including how the federal Reading First program has been implemented, the recommendations of the National Math Panel, and the status of social studies, foreign language, the arts, and other subjects that aren’t tested under No Child Left Behind. We’ve also looked at math and science lessons, and their potential to challenge students to excel in those subjects, or turn them off, as well as ongoing debates about how to teach evolution.
From our reporting--whether on site or on the phone--we’ve stuffed notebooks and word files with a lot of information about the content of schooling. You’ll find some of it here, and we hope you’ll help us fill out the picture.
All comments, questions, curriculum-related manifestos welcome!
A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.