The article linked below was brought to my attention by a teacher and it discusses the legislature writing bills that would change school curriculum. Though the main focus of the article is not about the legislature’s role in education, I cannot help but allow my thoughts to drift toward the role that they play. In this time of common core state standards and smarter balanced assessment the question about federal/state vs. local control needs to be at least considered.
There is no doubt that the school climate is rapidly changing (as I have talked about previously) and technology is the driving force of that change. I am not opposed to change, but it needs to be well-thought out change. I also feel very strongly that the group that should be responsible for change is the group that is most directly related to enforcing that change. That group that I am referring to does not sit in an elected office in Lansing, but rather it is the front line workers that interact with the learning environment everyday.
With the change part being said, I think that one of the changes schools can start making in regards to curriculum and foreign language is recognizing the importance of “computer language”. While I understand that java and C++ are not the same as a foreign language, it can be argued that a school provided background in that language is just as relevant to the future as is a global language. Regardless of your opinion on this thought, who is best to decide that for the students in our school and district, the people who work with our children or legislators that have not been in a classroom since they attended school?
Just because you attended school at some point does not make you an expert on curriculum. I don’t pretend to make laws just because I took government when I was in high school. Leave the curriculum choices to the local district.
What should the government’s role in curriculum be?
Why should or should not the state intervene in the determination of foreign language requirements?