- Part 1) According to the Levin article, how are school curricula developed and implemented? What new information/perspectives does this reading provide about the development and implementation of school curriculum? Is there anything that surprises you or maybe that concerns you?
- Part 2) After reading pages 1-4 of the Treaty Education document, what connections can you make between the article and the implementation of Treaty Education in Saskatchewan? What tension might you imagine were part of the development of the Treaty Education curriculum
School curriculum is the fundamental backbone to education according to Levins work. Levin describe curriculum as “an official statement of what students are expected to know and be able to do”. While I had a fairly basic understanding of what curriculum is I never knew the processes involved with the creation of curriculum. The most shocking finding for me is that the decisions involved around curriculum has little to no input from the public. While I understand that creating the curriculum is a lengthy and tough process it is mind boggling to me that the public isn’t even consulted on what they would like to learn. Would we be better off if the public had a say in the education in which their children are receiving?
From my perspective treaty education has definitely fallen short in terms of what is supposed to be taught and what has been taught in schools. In the curriculum there are four main goals to be accomplished by the conclusion of grade 12. I can personally say that I have not received the proper education to have completed these goals. I also find it interesting that in the final goal it states “Treaties are sacred covenants between sovereign nations and are the foundational basis for meaningful relationships that perpetually foster the well-being of all people” but from my understanding the Indigenous people were often manipulated by language in the signings of treaties thus was the well-being of all people really in mind? If reconciliation is our end game I truly believe change is needed and needed fast.