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Historical Roots of Curriculum

After discussing traditional perspectives of teaching and hearing about the Tyler Rationale, I discovered this method was widely used throughout my educational career. Beginning in kindergarten, we were tested on counting, tracing, cutting, speaking, and writing. I remember, somehow, vividly tracing a large blue whale on a paper and receiving a checkmark for my hard …

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The Problem of “Common Sense”

In the introduction of Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning Toward Social Justice by Kumashrio, common sense is introduced as simply a concept which does not connect inclusively with all people. Rather, it can be viewed as a collection of teachings, observations, and ideas taught early in life that may be used for problem solving or …

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