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Title: National Curriculum

National Curriculum
  • By Eric Knight, Andy Skunberg
  • Alex Langner, Jason Aberson

National Curriculum Essential Questions
  • How does a national curriculum effect test
  • Culturally would a national curriculum work for
    the United States?
  • Other than test scores, how do other countries
    assess their curriculum?
  • Is the United States to diverse to have a
    national curriculum?

What is National Curriculum?
  • The National Curriculum is a framework used by
    all maintained schools to ensure that teaching
    and learning is balanced and consistent.

What is National Curriculum?
  • It sets out
  • the subjects taught
  • the knowledge, skills and understanding required
    in each subject
  • standards or attainment targets in each subject -
    teachers can use these to measure your child's
    progress and plan the next steps in their
  • how your child's progress is assessed and reported

What is National Curriculum?
  • Within the framework of the National Curriculum,
    schools are free to plan and organize teaching
    and learning in the way that best meets the needs
    of their pupils (in the UK)
  • Many schools use the Qualifications and
    Curriculum Authority (QCA) Schemes of Work to
    plan their curriculum. These help to translate
    the National Curriculums objectives into
    teaching and learning activities.

Countries with National Curriculum
  • England (first to introduce the Curriculum 1988)
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
  • Jordan
  • Singapore
  • China
  • New Zealand
  • France
  • Hungary

Countries with National Curriculum
  • Italy,
  • Japan,
  • Korea,
  • the Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Most states in the U.S. follow common guidelines
    for a core curriculum, although there is no
    national curriculum as such.

Advantages of a National Curriculum
  • Establishes a Unified Educational Front
  • Gets all states on the same page
  • Allow state by state comparison
  • All standards would be the same
  • Certification for teaching standards
  • State qualifications be the same across the board
  • Could see where strengths/weakness areas are
  • Certain disciplines in certain areas of the

Advantages of a National Curriculum
  • Post-Secondary Consistency
  • A way to assess outside of the ACT, SAT, Etc.
  • Other than Standardized tests
  • Regulations could be the same
  • Special Ed
  • Pacing of Students
  • Students who move interstate benefit
  • Broken homes allow student to not be left behind
    with a move

Disadvantages of a National Curriculum
  • Disagreement between lawmakers
  • Who decides what is important/ what is not
  • Other aspects of education need to become uniform
  • Starting date, days of school, salaries
  • Availability of educators
  • Some need more training to cover topics wanted to
    cover in certain areas
  • Not available in rural areas
  • Inclusion of other types of schools
  • Private, charter, home schooled.

Disadvantages of a National Curriculum
  • Hidden Curriculums differ
  • State by state things in between curriculum lines
  • Federal Government power
  • Allows the feds not the state where their funding
    should go
  • Too much power to people that are not involved
    with the area
  • Different Cultures make up United States
  • Different cultures value different aspects of

Why doesnt every Country have a National
  • Questions about learning targets and which are
    most important
  • Decision on what is most important to least
  • Size of US is a factor because of the control
    that local authorities feel they need
  • A fear of breaking educational practice
  • England began in 1988
  • Countries have changed in recent years

How Countries Measure Curriculum
How a National Curriculum Effects Test Scores
Would a National Curriculum Work in the U.S.
  • America has a long tradition of local control of
  • Would Americans wonder if it would be
    educationally enhancing?
  • Would experiences of students in the schools be
  • Would we better serve students that are at

  • Abramson, Larry (2007, January 1). Conversation
    calls for National Education Curriculum.
    Retrieved May 2, 2007, from National Curriculum
    Web site http//
  • Give us freedom to teach Madeleine Brettingham.
    The Times Educational Supplement. LondonNov 17,
    2006. Iss. 4712, p. 1
  • (2003, October 3). Education in UK. Retrieved May
    2, 2007, from Education in the UK System Web
    site http//
  • Henning, John E. Education. Chula VistaSummer
    2006. Vol. 126, Iss. 4, p. 729-737 (9 pp.)
  • Kamotsu, Shigehisa (1999, November 22).
    International Education Journal. Retrieved May 2,
    2007, from Japanese Education Web site
  • National curriculum could dent education
    standards Iemma AAP General News Wire.
    SydneyOct 6, 2006. p. 1
  • Rationing Education In an Era of Accountability
    Jennifer Booher-Jennings. Phi Delta Kappan.
    BloomingtonJun 2006. Vol. 87, Iss. 10, p.
    756-761 (6 pp.)