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justregularme101 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 25, 2012 at 6:21 PM via web

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Does today's curriculum prepare today's students for today's world and the ability to create tomorrow's world?

Does today's curriculum prepare today's students for today's world and the ability to create tomorrow's world?

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crf876 | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted April 25, 2012 at 11:10 AM (Answer #2)

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As a student my answer is absolutely not. The majority of schools and their curriculums seek only to get you through school not necessarily to have learned anything by doing so. Teachers practically hand students the grade they need to look good and move on. The curriculum at the majority of schools is too uniform. For this to be fixed it must be realized that students are individuals and as such require different forms of instruction in order to be prepared for life.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 25, 2012 at 6:26 PM (Answer #3)

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As a student my answer is absolutely not. The majority of schools and their curriculums seek only to get you through school not necessarily to have learned anything by doing so. Teachers practically hand students the grade they need to look good and move on. The curriculum at the majority of schools is too uniform. For this to be fixed it must be realized that students are individuals and as such require different forms of instruction in order to be prepared for life.

It may be that the curriculum does not prepare you for the future, but I do not think it is because the curriculum is too uniform.  If you are in 10th grade, you do not yet know for sure what you are going to do for a career.  It would be bad to train you for a specific career, only to have you find you are not interested by the time you are 19.

I think that it is difficult and maybe impossible to train students specifically for future jobs.  The demands of the job market are ever-changing.  The best we can do is to help students learn how to think, be creative, and be flexible so they can adapt to whatever jobs are available in the future.

 

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:11 PM (Answer #4)

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I agree with post three. Many students feel that their curriculum isnprepare paring them for life after school, but they are unaware of what they are actually learning. For instance, we learn more from math class than just calculations and formulas. We learn to think and to problem solve. You might think that literature like Shakespeare is pointless, but it teaches us to extrapolate and interpret. I agree that some students do leave high school unprepared. However, there are many factors at play besides curriculum. I find that many of the students who feelunprepared did not take advantage of the opportunities and did not achieve the level of learning that was intended for them. 

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 26, 2012 at 5:00 PM (Answer #5)

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Like so much in education, I think it depends on the teacher, and the student. I think as teachers, we need to be more transparent about why we are teaching something. As a history teacher, I have to show students why what I am teaching them is relevant, and how the skills and content we're working with will help them in their lives outside the classroom. That is self-evident to me, but it's not to students. And the reality is, some teachers still emphasize rote learning, the memorization of facts, and simple regurgitation of material on assessments. 

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 27, 2012 at 4:15 AM (Answer #6)

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I definitely believe that school districts are headed in the right direction, with a greater focus on encouraging inductive reasoning skills and problem solving, using technology, relevance in the classroom, encouraging differentiation.

Teachers today are preparing students right now for jobs in the future that don't even exist yet; we can help them be ready by teaching them to think critically.

Kristen Lentz

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted April 27, 2012 at 12:07 PM (Answer #7)

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The posts already here give you good answers and new ways to look at your question.  With over 35 years of teaching, I have seen many changes.  The best ones emphasize student thinking, creative problem solving, and using the knowledge gained in school to help students be ready for the changes in life that all of us know will come.  Flexibility is critical, and I would hope that teachers can instill in students the ability to be flexible and apply their learning in more than one way.  One of the simple exercises I used in my classroom was to give the students pieces of a sentence, ask them to compose the sentence in two ways, and then justify which way was better and why.  Even grammar can teach flexibility in thinking.  

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pinkme2012 | Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 14, 2012 at 8:03 AM (Answer #8)

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Does today's curriculum prepare today's students for today's world and the ability to create tomorrow's world?

Does today's curriculum prepare today's students for today's world and the ability to create tomorrow's world?

As a teacher I´m afraid we are not well prepared to do so, but those who really have the vocation will look for the aims that will help them lead students to a trustful path,see teaching is not only curriculum,subjects,tests or so,teaching is to create and form students into professional people, challenging and inspiring them to grow as a person thorougly.

Perhaps we do not get a instruction book for this but we surely can achieve it by ourselves. :)

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