Name: Needham, Theresa
CURRICULUM and ASSESSMENT
Brown, D.D. ( 2015, January 25). The crushing boredom of a tired curriculum. Retrieved from https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2015/01/25/the-crushing-boredom-tired-curriculum/DeKoLpBBjydU3EG7GOYm0J/story.html
Summary: The article’s purpose is the acknowledgement of the elephant in every English teacher’s classroom, mandated curriculum, especially texts. The underlying problem is the requirement to adhere to a standardized and enforced curriculum which removes a teachers’ freedom to individuality select engaging texts for their students, which will support student’s interests and reading strengths. Many teachers are required to teach classical literature, which they themselves do not have a passion for; therefore becoming a hard sell to students.
Evaluation: The article is written by a high school student, which perhaps makes the argument he presents that much more compelling. He argues that without the freedom of choice, everything which happens within the classroom becomes more of a forced context of tired completion rather than the inspired construction driven by creativity. The classroom of today has become hoops which a student must jump through to earn a grade. This is a good read.