Monday, August 11, 2008

Topic: Curriculum Guides

10-Second Review: Criticism of published curriculum guides.

Title: “The English Curriculum: Design/Programs/Trends.” Allan E. Dtimer. English Journal (April 1974), 72-74. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Summary: Review of curriculum guides submitted to the NCTE Committee to Review Curriculum Bulletins. I noted two criticisms:

1. If a curriculum said that it would change systematically and frequently, its format of a hard-bound copy did not reflect such encouragement of change.

2. Second, the members of the curriculum committee should include representative members of the public.

Comment: Given the way curriculum committees are established in summer months during the day, time could be arranged at night to meet with guests from the public who could offer their insights, recommendations, and evaluations of on-going progress, etc. RayS.

The purpose of this blog is to summarize articles on teaching English/language arts, from kindergarten through college, published in English education journals from the past.

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