Does Curriculum Matter? Is the Ladder Leaning Against the Right Wall?

by Jonathan Erb

In school and at home, children encounter so many influences. Which ones are important? Jonathan urges us to take seriously the influences we place on our children. Each teacher in our school is curriculum, a system of living values by which our student learns. Our community culture is curriculum present in our schools. And of course, the course books present are curriculum too. This is intended to be a reminder about influence, heroes, and how our lives and our school shapes children’s worldviews. It is also intended to encourage a serious look at why we do the things we do, and if the things in which we invest our time are leaving a pattern tomorrow’s leaders can safely imitate. Can we identify the real from the distractions?

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Jonathan refers to two talks by Patrick Heatwole:

Teaching and Training for Service: The Practice

Equipping Servants in High School (Patrick Heatwole)

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