Curriculum on the Edge of Survival: How Schools Fail to Prepare Students for Membership in a Democracy

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Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2007 - Education - 129 pages
Typically, school curriculum has been viewed through the lens of preparation for the workplace or higher education both worthy objectives. However, this is not the only lens, and perhaps not even the most powerful one to use, if the goal is to optimize the educational system. Curriculum on the Edge of Survival attempts to define basic aspects of the curriculum when viewed through the larger lens of a school as the principal instrument through which we maintain an effective democracy. In that case, the purpose of education is to prepare our students to take their rightful place as active members of a democracy. This purpose is larger than workplace or college readiness, and in fact subsumes them. Curriculum on the Edge of Survival posits four major starting points for education under the purpose of preparing students for functional membership in a democracy: kindness, thinking, problem solving, and communications. These four foundational elements should be taught in every class, at every level, every day. They form the backbone of a great educational system."

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Curriculum at the Level of Survival
1
Kindness
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Thinking
33
Copyright

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Daniel Heller is the curriculum coordinator for the Windham Southwest Supervisory Union and principal of the Halifax Elementary (K-8) School in Vermont.

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