Curriculum Development and Treaty Education

In Levin’s (2007) article of curriculum talks about how politics influences how the curriculum is made. While reading the article it is apparent early that politics plays a huge role in what we are able to teach. Levin (2007) states: “In every setting, from classroom to country, political influence is usually highly unequal, and those who have the least status tend also to have the least influence on political decision making” (p. 8). From an education standpoint, it is easy to see that students have the least influence in the decision-making process of determining curriculum. Levin talks about how in politics, “they want to give the perception of action even when they are not doing much, and sometimes they want to give the perception that changes are less significant than they really are” (p. 10). You can start to wonder the true intentions when determining curriculum. Levin would continue on to say that most of the time voters are not truly interested and even if they are, they are most likely not fully educated on the issue.

After reading the treaty education outcomes and indicators paper, I looked for who was involved in the creation of the curriculum regarding treaty education. The treaty education outcomes and indicators (2013) states the following regarding who was involved:

This was a comprehensive consultative process with the following partners:  Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, First Nations University of Canada, Office of the Treaty Commissioner, Curriculum Sub-committee for the Shared Standards and Capacity Building Council, and the Ministry of Education (p.4).

Relating back to Levin, it is very important that we look to try and to incorporate the right people to develop the curriculum so that it can have effective and meaningful outcomes for students. As educators, we should have the influence to provide meaningful education to our students and have the resources to provide that education in a meaningful way. By understanding the way our curriculum is formed through politics is important to how we as teachers can teach.

 

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