According to the Levin article school curricula is developed and implemented through policies that are made by the processing of the government’s political decisions. Because the government wants to be re-elected in the future they are influenced by ideologies, lobbying, personal beliefs, and media attention when making these decisions. There is often debate about what subjects should be taught and what content should be taught in these subjects. For example, people may question weather or not sex education should be taught in schools or they may question weather or not evolution should be taught in science. Discussions such as this also impact what curricula is developed and implemented in school curriculum.
The Levin article provided a new perspective when it discussed how a single member of parliament, such as the minister of education, is able to influence what is and is not put in curriculum. This concerns me because one person cannot know what is the best things to teach to all students. Giving someone absolute power over curriculum could only lead to a corrupt curriculum because absolute power leads to absolute corruption. This article also provided a new perspective when it discussed incorporating multiple sources, such as a teacher, parent, student, expert, and a company member to review the curriculum and revise it to make it better. Having at least one person from each group to represent their group is important in order to make curriculum teachable, learnable, and successful in reaching goals and outcomes, such as getting a job.
After reading the two articles I discovered the Levin article discusses different influences making curriculum and at the beginning of the Treaty Education document we see a list of people who are involved in creating this document. Also, The Treaty Education Document makes clear what students should have learned by the end of grade 12 but not how or to what extent they should learn it. Just like in Levin’s article the Treaty Education Document sets up what is to be taught and what students are supposed to take away from class.
Tensions will constantly occur in curriculum development as long as people have different views on what should and should not be taught. The curriculum will constantly change and never satisfy every single person; However, it is important to cover Treaty Education as all students deserve to know the history of the lands in which they presently live.