The curriculum is just a guide…

The curriculum is just a guide…children go to school to learn far more than the curriculum….

Children come to school to experience …
Joy

Disappointment
Excitement

Boredom

Noise

Silence

Togetherness

Aloneness

Quiet

Solitude

Compassion

Empathy

Kindness

They come to school to…

Learn how to live

Share
Play

Talk

Negotiate

Capitulate

Laugh

Share birthday joy

Share losing a pet grief

Share parents getting divorced sadness

Learn

Teach

Sing

Dance

Twirl

Make art

Find their voice

Lose their voice

Learn rules

Obey authority

Question authority

Take turns

Forget to take turns

Be frustrated

Be accepted

Be Included

Be Excluded

Meet new, interesting people who are different to them

Meet the same people, who are just like them

Learn how to think critically, creatively and philosophically

Learn to think a lot sometimes and just a little at other times

Practice having their point of view heard

Be understood and disagreed with

Have fun

Be anxious about tests and orals and learn about their anxiety, and mostly be supported to overcome their anxiety

Play games: imaginary games, games yet to be invented and games from years ago

Make rules

Break rules

Watch Popular culture explosions rise and fade away

Navigate their families’ values and find them matched or mismatched with the schools value system

See how the world works when it is fair and just or unfair and unjust

Hear languages that they are familiar and unfamiliar with and they get to see that all languages are precious and meaningful, to their friends and themselves.

Children do not primarily go to school learn the content of the curriculum. The curriculum is secondary, it is a guide- it is meant to maintain standards and to measure big groups. It is just                  a small part of what your children come to school to learn, to do, to be!

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About Rose-Anne Reynolds

I am head of Inclusive Support at Pinelands North Primary School in Pinelands, Cape Town, South Africa. I am passionate about inclusion, children, embracing diversity, multilingualism, tolerance, joy and love in abundance. I am married to Brandan Reynolds who is an editorial cartoonist and political commentator, we have two children Kai and Ella.
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2 Responses to The curriculum is just a guide…

  1. Anonymous says:

    So very true, I love this!

    Liked by 1 person

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