At the National Council for the Social Studies National Conference
James Beane was heard to say with trepidation,
"If there is a movement toward national standards, can a national
curriculum be far behind?"
For Beane, a national curriculum is not a curriculum muscled into
effect by California, Texas or New York nor is it the platform
of one political party or special interest group. A national curriculum
connects students through ideas, concerns and issues that students
feel to be of great importance. Several questions come to mind:
What are the pros and cons of a national curriculum? Who decides
on the curriculum? What is the text of the curriculum?