Hidden Curriculum For Public Schools

810 Words May 19th, 2015 4 Pages
I found the articles written by Anyon (1980) and LeCompte (1978) very insightful and interesting. Both authors seem to imply that there is a “hidden curriculum” being taught in public schools. This hidden curriculum refers to the unintended lessons, values, and perspectives that students learn in school. While the “formal” curriculum consists of the courses, lessons, and learning activities students participate in, as well as the knowledge and skills educators intentionally teach to students, the hidden curriculum consists of the unspoken academic, social, and cultural messages that are communicated to students while they are in school.
The hidden-curriculum concept is that students absorb lessons in school that may or may not be part of the formal course of study such as, how they should interact with peers, teachers, and other adults; how they should perceive different races, groups, or classes of people; or what ideas and behaviors are considered acceptable or unacceptable. The hidden curriculum is described as “hidden” because it is usually unacknowledged or unexamined by students, educators, and other individuals. Additionally, because the values and lessons reinforced by the hidden curriculum are often the accepted status quo, it may be assumed that these “hidden” practices and messages do not need to change even if they are contributing to undesirable behaviors and results, whether it is bullying, conflicts, or low graduation and college-enrollment rates, and…

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