Saber-Tooth Curriculum

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In this essay I will be discussing the Saber-tooth Curriculum and how it is linked to the implementation of Outcomes Based Education and the National Curriculum Statement. The Saber-tooth Curriculum is a famous satire on curriculum development, which was published in 1939. It tells the story of New-Fist, and his curriculum. In a post-apartheid South Africa we can still learn a great deal from this satire. The universal principle is illustrated by the Saber-tooth Curriculum and I will also be reflecting on different curriculum approaches advocated by Tyler, stenhouse, Kruger and freire. We will also be taking a look on whether the implementation of OBE and NCS in South African classrooms were based on these scholars.

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For example, rather than just getting a passing grade for mathematics, a student might be assessed as level 4 for number sense, level 5 for algebraic concepts, level 3 for measurement skills, etc. This approach is valuable to schools and parents by specifically identifying a student's strengths and weaknesses.

The NCSs are based on a clear description of the kind of knowledge, skills, values and attitudes the South African learner needs to get. Some of the principles of the National Curriculum Statements are Outcomes Based Education, a high level of knowledge and skills for all, social transformation, progression and quality and efficiency. The NCSs has three key features: critical and developmental outcomes), Learning Outcomes and Assessment. The NCS also states a specific number of subjects for each year of learning. The new CAPS (Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement) replace the NCS. It is a simplified curriculum and gives a week by week planning for teachers to follow.

CAPS stands for Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements. It is a revision of the current National Curriculum Statement (NCS). With the introduction of CAPS, every subject in each grade will have a single, comprehensive and concise policy document that will provide details on what teachers need to teach and assess on a grade-by-grade and subject-by-subject basis. This curriculum review has the aim of

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