Curriculum Philosophy Paper

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Curriculum Philosophy Paper

Patrice Bax

HRWD 6713: Curriculum Design

Submitted: October 6, 2012

In mathematics, there is a rule called the order of operations which instructs a student to solve certain steps first, before calculating others steps to arrive at an accurate solution to a mathematical expression. Similarly, society teaches an order of operations to life in that students are to first, matriculate through secondary education to attain foundational skills in support of man’s progression in society; second, enter into college to gain skills and knowledge to prepare for survival in society; third, graduate from college with specific jobs skills and credentials to give meaning
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Cisco Systems (2008) released a study to show that the skills needed in the 21st century are related to problem solving and decision making; creative and critical thinking; collaboration, communication and negotiation; intellectual curiosity and the ability to find, select, structure, and evaluate information; and skills required to increase performance in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines. It is apparent through research and diagnostic studies that advanced literacy and math skills are also key catalysts for being successful in today’s workforce (U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2012; Daggett, 2005; Cisco Systems, 2008).

Inevitably, business owners and change agents are looking to education to be the fix to the problem since majority of the skills needed have root in fundamental curriculum taught in secondary and post-secondary education. Although it may seem plausible to place responsibility on the education system to address ill-prepared graduates, there are also other environmental or contextual factors that contribute to the issue. Rapid changes in technology in addition to economic demands are realistic challenges that education and

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