I am in my third year of the Education program at the University of Regina and during these three years I have started developing my own teaching philosophy, and in my philosophy, I have my opinion on what curriculum is and its impact on education. Recently I have learned about an educator, Ralph w. Tyler, who has had a huge impact on curriculum and current education practices. In school, many of the lessons and units were taught to me using his rationale and approach. My teacher would have looked at the objectives my classmates and I were to master, and then organized those objectives in the order they were to be taught. The goal and product was the same for all of us and little of the curriculum was modified or adapted.
In my opinion there are a few problems with using this approach, For one, the student is held completely accountable for being able to form to this teaching model. All students are taught the same which we know is not beneficial or realistic. The other problem with this is that there is no room for teachers to “venture” from the laid out plan. In many cases a lesson or unit has the potential to explore and expand many ideas; however, with this approach the objectives are laid out in a very industrial order that takes away from teachers ability to educate and instead turns them into technicians that produce one specific and generic product (the student).
One could say that one benefit of this is that it makes teaching efficient. A teacher can use this approach to easily put together their units and create their lessons. It also creates a very easy way of measuring the students’ “success”. However, I do not think that a students success can be measured with this approach because Tyler’s rationale does not benefit all students and therefore would not help all students succeed.