Curriculum Theory and Practice

The Tyler Rationale is a very influential, yet outdated take on the curriculum. I noticed that he wants the curriculum to focus mainly on developing workers, as opposed to shaping students into who they desire to be. I’ve noticed that this happens a lot in our school system in the way that the subjects are chosen and the importance placed on some more than others. While art and drama are more important to some people, those programs often get less funding than a program like math or language arts. This basically forces students into a box and limits their interests into what’s important to the school. Schools also limit your choice for certain subjects. They only give you a few electives that you can take, meaning if you have a passion for art and cooking, you may only be able to take one of those classes. They don’t allow students to have different experiences so they can grow. I believe there needs to be a change in the way schools value certain parts of the curriculum so that students can really figure out who they are.

Even though the Tyler Rationale sounds very controlling, it does have it’s share of benefits. One of these benefits includes preparing students for either university or the workforce. Since the subjects are harder, they can be more equipped to take on a university class. This take on curriculum also shows the students that struggle in school that they may be more ready to get into the workforce instead of striving for a higher education. I think this is important because some students would spend a lot of money on a program that they may have issues with if they don’t find out they have to put in a lot more effort with furthering their education. The Tyler Rationale may have it’s issues, but it also has it’s benefits that should also be used in a school system.


4 thoughts on “Curriculum Theory and Practice

  1. It’s very important to view the rationale as one of the benefits and disadvantages of schooling. Many people follow this path of working precisely for the ending product rather than how they are going to get to that final goal. You make note of where you see these and it helps understand how others may have seen this rationale in a different perspective than others.


  2. I really like your point on how different experiences promote growth. As a future educator providing a variety of lessons with different types of instruction is critical for students to develop. You also touched on how these different teachings can help the student learn about themselves and the ways in which they learn effectively. These are two great examples of how the Tyler Rationale is flawed.


  3. Hi Jesse,
    I have to agree with your point that the Tyler Rationale is quite outdated. I believe that this was a starting point for curriculum, and of course nothing you do for the first time is perfect. This is why schools should look into updating their system.


  4. I think you showed good insight into the article in the ways that you approached it. I agree with the advantages that you brought up and how it can make students more prepared when entering the workforce or University. I would have liked to have read about your own experiences with the Tyler Rationale though.


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