Pushing Down Curriculum

timer Asked: Oct 16th, 2013

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Please Watch This Video and Answer These Questions


After watching the above video, Kindergarten is the New First Grade in Texas, reflect on the following:

  1. Can a state mandated textbook containing content designed for first grade students be part of a developmentally appropriate Kindergarten curriculum?
In this discussion, we will briefly debate the appropriateness of pushing down curriculum.  Find your assigned debate group below (by first letter of last name):
    • A-L: Proponents of pushing down curriculum

Also consider the following questions:

  1. What can happen when young children are presented with tasks that are out of the developmental range?
  2. Think about what Kindergartners may internalize about reading and learning if they are faced with tasks that are developmentally out of reach.
  3. Are there ways to increase literacy skills without pushing down curriculum?
  4. Is there anything inherently wrong with increasing the academic rigor of early grades or is the problem in the approach?
  5. What are the implications of this strategy for diverse learners?

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