The curriculum is just a guide…children go to school to learn far more than the curriculum….
They come to school to…
Learn how to live
Share birthday joy
Share losing a pet grief
Share parents getting divorced sadness
Find their voice
Lose their voice
Forget to take turns
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
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
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!