Pros and Cons of a Standards or a National Curriculum

See characteristics of curriculum at the bottom of the page.



The public's reasoning about standards is largely misunderstood because of a reasoning fallacy of generalizing that if something is good for an individual, it is good for everyone. For example: High scores on tests grant entry to elite universities, therefore high scores must be right for the nation as a whole.

Most parents would probably like their children to have high scores. However, looking at our nation as a whole we should come to a different conclusion. In that situation we would want a combination of people that are able to be leaders, followers, heroes, creators, producers, so that the society could function for the benefit of everyone.

Reflect on how the following characteristics for a quality curriculum may or may not be achieved by standards


Dr. Robert Sweetland's notes