The Tyler Rationale is a very influential, yet outdated take on the curriculum.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.