It seems like everyone has a solution to one of the biggest problems our nation faces: our decaying education system. From changing class content to lengthening the school day, one thing that nearly all parents, educators and administrators agree on is that our education system is in serious need of reform. One of the most encouraging concepts is that of curriculum framework.
At its core, curriculum framework is simply a set of standards or guidelines that are used to define the curriculum and content for a group of students. The goal of this framework is a pre-defined outcome. In other words, curriculum framework is designed to be outcome specific.
Educators, administrators and parents could work together to create a list of clearly defined outcomes for their students. The standard should be set high and the ensuing curriculum and content should be developed to allow students to meet these goals. This system is drastically different from our current educational system that focuses primarily on the content as opposed to the outcome.
Under this system, all students would be held to the same standards. This means no group of students will have an advantage. All students will need to perform equally well. While opponents of this system believe it does not take disabilities into consideration, proponents drive home the fact that students that met these high goals are better prepared to compete on a global scale.
It is equally important to note that a framework concept has been adapted by some states, but not in the truest sense. States have used the framework concept to meet academic standards instead of other, more constructive, objectives.
Developing a curriculum framework that sets high, but achievable, objectives for our students may be the most effective way to prepare our children for competition on the global scale and change the face of our education system.