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In your opinion, do you feel we need to move toward curriculum reform ? What areas would you target? What are the main issues you see?

In your opinion, do you feel we need to move toward curriculum reform (Canada/U.S)?
What areas would you target?
Are we in need of some large scale changes, or small, or none?
what you feel are the main issues.
Reasons for changing or not changing the current curriculum.

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  • Nov 9 2013: Reform is desperately needed in the U.S.

    If reform was to happen, classroom layout should be addressed as the current in class arrangement makes it easy for students in the back to get distracted from the lessons being offered because they just can't see or hear as well as the students up front and they don't get noticed as well. A semi-circle of three to four desks deep around an elevated teachers platform would make it easier to stay focused and hear the topic of discussion and participate.

    Another issue that needs to be addressed is the fact that not all students learn in the same manor (e.g.. visual, audio tactile. etc.). However, all students are taught exactly the same way sit, listen, memorize, repeat back what was just said/written. They are also taught how to successfully take a test. This does not mean the student understood or related to the lesson only that they indeed heard, were paying attention, maybe wanted to learn but not that they cognitively connected to the heart of what was being taught.

    The final thing I feel needs to be addressed is social interaction. As an individual who was severely bullied and whom never saw anyone successfully address the bullying, nor any reduction in the bulling when it was addressed; I know that socialization education and relating to others is a severely under addressed and necessary factor of a young individuals life. You can not guarantee children will get that education at home anymore than you can guarantee that a child will learn how to count to 10 or there ABC's before going to Kindergarten.

    K-12 is the most impactful years of an individuals learning life. And we in the U.S are failing of future generations as it stands now. Many of them are socially inept, cognitively confounded and unable to think for themselves about what is and is not the right way to think about what they are doing, where they are going and how there actions relate to that objective.

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