Who Truly The Best Formula Of Curriculum?

2601 WordsMay 18, 201611 Pages
Who truly has the key to the best formula of curriculum? It is without a doubt there is numerous theorist that believe that they have defined, and have opened the door to make curriculum the best version ever. The two theorist that I feel have really opened and challenged my beliefs on curriculum would have to be Maria Montessori and Franklin Bobbitt. Both being seen as founders that laid the foundation for future theorist they have very different beliefs when it comes to the teacher and students role in curriculum. Franklin Bobbitt is known in the text as the, “body of knowledge to be transmitted.” When it comes to Bobbitt’s beliefs he saw curriculum as a collection of knowledge and facts that could be transmitted from teacher to…show more content…
Bobbitt also believed that a teacher’s role when it came down to curriculum was to decide skills should be emphasized. In this sense I believe that Bobbitt would still agree based on this statement that a teacher must adjust the emphasis of skill based on the student population, and the current needs of children. For example curriculum is constantly changing, and specifically in World History when it comes to current events it is important to emphasize skills that help students be better global citizens and leaders. Another argument that Bobbitt expresses when it comes to curriculum is that when it comes to body and knowledge there is direct and indirect knowledge. Indirect being a skill that a student learns at home and indirectly does not need to be taught it in the classroom. For example, with my students living in a southern conservative region they were raised with manners so I do not have to spend time in the beginning of the year discussing manners as well as hygiene. Both of which are not a must since students are taught these skills at home. On the other hand direct knowledge being the complete opposite. Direct knowledge are skills or content that students must be taught by the teacher, and the student listens and learns. Bobbitt refers to this as being a remedy for students that were deficient in certain areas such as teaching spelling errors. The reality is these do not always align with Common Core or State Standards
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