Analyze the impact of current educational policies on curriculum.

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At first glance, this looks like a fairly specific question. Unfortunately, there are a lot of variables when it comes to "educational policies." There are national educational policies, state policies, district policies, and even school policies that are implemented that all might have some impact on curriculum and pedagogy. Additionally,...

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At first glance, this looks like a fairly specific question. Unfortunately, there are a lot of variables when it comes to "educational policies." There are national educational policies, state policies, district policies, and even school policies that are implemented that all might have some impact on curriculum and pedagogy. Additionally, "current" educational policies can change quite rapidly. Recently, educational systems have been focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), but that quickly changed to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, ARTS, and math) in many districts, and it is likely to change again in the next few years. In general, both of those are heavily focused on science and technology, and that has caused a general shift in schools to try and incorporate science and tech skills across the curriculum. One way that schools have attempted to do this is by implementing 1-to-1 programs. These programs seek to put a laptop or tablet into the hands of each and every student. However, simply doing that doesn't change curriculum; mandating that your teachers use those tools in the classroom with students causes changes to happen in the curriculum. Sometimes those changes are decided by a committee, and teachers are told that they will now use a particular online curriculum to teach grammar, math, or life science. Other times, individual teachers are allowed to change and modify the curriculum to get the most use out of the student devices. The hope is that student learning and achievement will be increased because of these curriculum changes; however, it is always possible that educational policies that drive curricular changes could be completely ineffective.

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