Curriculum Policy and Politics

Levin’s Article

Levin’s article “Curriculum Policy and the Politics of what Should Be Learned in Schools” discusses the process of how school curriculum is manufactured. The article suggests that the majority of the curriculum is decided on by government officials, with the aid of textbook companies, professors, teachers and other experts in the field of Education. When the curriculum is under review, these experts determine what changes should be made and what should stay the same. This a long process because it requires a lot of work to find a process that the majority of professionals agree upon. What I have gathered from reading this article is that students have no say in the way the curriculum is structured. This is problematic because I believe that although these so called “experts” do have a wealth of knowledge, many of them are decades removed from the school system. There are evolving ways of learning and teaching subjects that may not be used that could be beneficial, but the resistance to change is guarding the schooling process from reaching its full potential. I believe that children should have some say in what they are being taught, and I also believe that the general public should be able to give their ideas for the experts to consider.

Saskatchewan Treaty Education Document

After reading the treaty education document, it is good to see that Indigenous contributors to the article have created a document that can be used in aiding with the Saskatchewan curriculum. The article states that the contributors used Indigenous elders as main consultants. The article focuses on the importance of Treaty Education, which could play a factor in causing tension between the main contributors who construct the curriculum. Obviously the Indigenous people place a high value on understanding their way of learning, but unfortunately other curriculum experts may not share the same passion. This goes along with the Levin article because it shows yet again the resistance to change that is demonstrated through the curriculum. This shows how much value the school system places on educating students about a large part of Canada’s history. Indigenous culture has had a large impact on Canada as a whole, and Saskatchewan is one of the provinces that could benefit from discovering more of our Indigenous roots because we continue to have a large Indigenous population.

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