A national curriculum should enable students to experience and
practice democracy. Beane suggests that the curriculum:
- create an environment where students learn together about a shared
- enable students to mix self-interest with the concerns of the
- allow students to apply knowledge to solve problems
- give students the opportunity to critically assess problematic
- reinforce learning about diverse issues and opinions
- make learning relevant to real issues
Big questions about implementation of curriculum integration:
- Can administrators cope with the shift of power to teachers and
- How do you address concerns about not following a sequential curriculum?
- How do you make people understand that separate subjects are tools
that are use to build knowledge, not ends unto themselves?
- Where is standardization? How do we test this curriculum?
- Are teachers up to using this approach?
- Using this approach forces us to question our central American
values of competition and individualism.