Pros and Cons of Standards and National Curriculums

The page includes a list of pros and cons for standards or a standard of national curriculum. Also includes characteristics of a quality curriculum to use to evaluate standards and standard documents to see how they may or may not help achieve the established goals of local educational systems, curriculums, teachers, and learners.

Characteristics of a quality curriculum at the bottom of the page.

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The public's reasoning about standards is largely misunderstood because of a reasoning fallacy of generalizing that if something is good for an individual, it is good for everyone. For example:

High scores on tests grant entry to elite universities, therefore high scores must be right for the nation as a whole.

Most parents would probably like their children to have high scores. However, looking at our nation as a whole we should come to a different conclusion. In that situation we would want a combination of people that are able to be leaders, followers, heroes, creators, producers, so that the society could function for the benefit of everyone.

Characteristics for a quality curriculum

Use these quality characteristics to consider the quality of different sets of standards. And how they may or may not help achieve the established goals of local educational systems, curriculums, teachers, and learners.

 

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