Blog as Curriculum Writing

[Originally posted 10/26/04]

One of my favorite consultants, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, says that curriculum is fiction: anyone can write it, anyone can get better at it, and it can be changed at any time. Those of us who have been teaching for any length of time know only too well the truth of this statement, in that we know perfectly well that if we don’t like a curriculum, then all we have to do is wait a couple of years and someone will change it.

And that’s what has finally made me think about doing a weblog. The state of Georgia has once again changed its curriculum. We are now at the beginning stages of implementing the Georgia Performance Standards, a radical revision of the old Quality Core Curriculum, and all indications are that, as fiction goes, this is pretty solid stuff.

There are a lot of questions on my mind about this new edition, and I’ve decided that I’d like to ask those questions in public and see if I or anyone else can answer them. Hence this blog.

Yes, I know, this way madness lies. It will consume my thoughts and my days. But the alternative is to sit around and wait for someone else to figure out how to educate the children, and I don’t want to do that, either.

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