It Has Always Been Like This…. Doesn’t Have to Stay Like It

This week in ECS 210, I read the article, Curriculum and Theory Practice. Within this article it talks about Ralph Tyler and his rationale.

1. What ways have I experienced Tyler’s rationale in my own schooling?

Thinking back on my entire school experience, it’s shocking how similar my experiences were with Ralph Tyler’s rationale. Every day at school it was common sense to sit down at your desk and be quiet. Students would sit, quietly, and write out word for word of whatever was presented on the chalkboard. In elementary, our art class would sometimes get cancelled so we can work on other subjects like Math, Science, English, or Social Studies. Starting in elementary students were slowly losing their creativity. Not only were those four classes prioritized, the way we were to learn those subjects were out of our control. There was a certain way to learn those subjects and only that way. Throughout elementary and middle school students grasped onto the idea that right answers on tests meant you got to move on to the next grade. I realized my classmates and myself were not understanding the material being taught, but memorizing it. Most cases students just wanted to memorize the unit being taught so when it came to the test, it was an easy pass.

2.  What are some major limitations of the Tyler rationale? What does it make impossible?

It is not surprise that all students learn differently. Considering that most schools follow the guidelines of Tyler’s rationale, a lot of students are not able to learn the content that is being taught. It will become discouraging for those students to see everyone succeeding. A lot of this unfairness is what causes students to drop out of high school and this is where inclusive education is flawed. All students have a favourite subject and a lot of the time students want to build their career around that subject. Considering there is texting in subjects like math, science, etc., students priorities lean to those subjects. For students who are interested in art and want to make a career out of it, it becomes impossible because of Tyler’s rationale. Tyler’s rationale strips creativity and individuality. Everyone learns the same and does the same: memorize the content, write the test, and hopes to pass.

3. What are some potential benefits?

This question was very hard for me to think of, I am not for Tyler’s rationale. I was able to think of a couple benefits that come with Tyler’s rationale. The curriculum and the guidelines of Tyler’s rationale makes certain that all students in different schools are learning the same thing. (That is if the students are able to comprehend it in the ways they are supposed to learn it). I do not think that a student’s knowledge should be based around tests. However, I do think it will take some time for a change in that aspect. With that being said, this is a good way for students to prepare for tests like a written drivers exam. Tests will especially prepare students that head to university because university is very reliable on exams.


2 Replies to “It Has Always Been Like This…. Doesn’t Have to Stay Like It”

  1. Good read! I liked the points that you brought up, but I have to disagree. I dont think that it is completely possible for teachers to 100% eliminate testing. To be accurate in history you still ha e to memorize and regurgitate the facts. There’s a few details like that make me think we can cut down on testing but not totally eliminate it

  2. I am quite shocked that your school would cancel art class for other classes! That just says to students that art is not as important as the other subjects. Thanks for the post!

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