The Knowledge-Centered Curriculum
Welcome to the knowledge-centered curriculum, also known as the academic curriculum. Please note the quote above written by educational historian and former U.S. Undersecretary of Education Diane Ravitch, reminding us that this approach to the curriculum stresses academic rigor, but not necessarily at the expense of innovative methods. This chapter introduces several variations on the knowledge-centered curriculum. As you read about them, consider them reflectively and try to imagine how your school would change if you adopted one of these approaches or perhaps some combination of them.