Throughout my education, I didn’t really stop and think how the curriculum was developed or who wrote it. I had no idea that teachers followed the Saskatchewan curriculum and had outcomes they needed to hit for each class and grade level. When I entered university, I learned that each subject curriculum is co-written by a group of people that could be considered “experts” in that subject area. Curriculum is government mandated and varies from province to province, however I don’t believe the government should have complete control over what is taught in schools. I believe teachers who have experience and specialists in certain subjects should have more input into what is important for students to know, and I also believe that students should have say in what they want to learn because it is their education.
School curriculum creation and implementation is all political which is troubling because education is a matter of expertise and should be beyond politics. Public Policies govern just about every aspect of education—what schooling is provided, how, to whom, in what form, by whom, with what resources, and so on. Every education policy decision can be seen as a political decision. Although government is voted on by citizens of the province, we know that most policy decisions in education, including curriculum decisions, are made with little or no public attention (Levin, 2008; p. 8).
This reading provides information to those who may not understand that teachers do not get to choose what is taught, they are told what to do by public policies and the government. The public may feel that they have say in education and believe that education should involve the students, but it is more political than we would like. This concerns me as students should be the ones put first when it comes to creating curriculum and implementing it, but they are often not asked their opinions. I did not have a lot of prior knowledge regarding curriculum development and implementation, so this reading was very informative and useful to understand the politics of education.