Culture as Curriculum
In the twentieth century, John Dewey and French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, among other educational thinkers, told an often-doubting public that culture and curriculum are closely connected. The theory of education as encounter gives this historic insight new meaning. Its illumination of the structure of each and every educational event makes it plain for all to see that the items of cultural stock that become yoked to an individual’s capacities represent the content of that individual’s learning; similarly, the stock that an educational agent yokes to individual capacities represents the content of the cultural transmission. And this is tantamount to saying that culture-or, more precisely, cultural stock-is curriculum.