Friday, March 30, 2007
A curriculum is an educational framework outlining skill and content milestones that need to be attained for each of the respective subject grades. Although formalized, it is very often designed to have a dynamic flexibility that caters to the diversity of cultural, socio-economical and regional backgrounds of a non-uniform school body. Curricula should endeavor to ensure academic consistency but also provide a workable structure, through which the educator can operate with creativity and self-initiative in applying various assessment and instruction tools. While philosophical direction and a broad vision should underpin a curriculum (else it lacks a soul) these should be carefully planned as not to undermine the holistic development of the student learner (otherwise the curriculum lacks a mind).