Curriculum committee should be prepared to take action [UPDATED]Published 10:51am Thursday, October 17, 2013 Updated 12:54pm Thursday, October 17, 2013
Mr. Ness’ column in the Oct. 9, 2013, issue was informative.
However, I did find his choice of the verb “to sit” when referring to the solicitation of six community members for the District Curriculum Review Advisory Committee (DCRAC) a curious and poor verb choice.
But, then, maybe that’s exactly what Mr. Ness meant.
If so, I consider it emblematic of one of the serious maladies which afflict our educational system. One might have a dog sit. I would hope that a member of a curriculum review advisory committee would be charged with more than just “sitting.”
Said members would be more useful if, in addition to “sitting,” and being as I suspect, a rubber stamp, they were charged to render a purposeful review and offer reasoned suggestions directed toward making the curriculum a more useful educational vehicle.
That vehicle should be capable of encouraging and providing all students with the means to become educated, aware, concerned, productive and active community and world citizens.
One could view the curriculum as a school bus driven by qualified, dedicated teachers with active and interested parents providing chaperone services as they help transport the student into an educated and functional existence.
I am unfamiliar with the genesis of the DCRAC activity, whether it is a state-mandated exercise to meet state requirements, or, a locally determined exercise to allow and encourage collaborative discussion of the curriculum to perhaps present ideas to improve it.
Regardless of whether it is a state-mandated or a locally produced initiative, a DCRAC, sitting on its collective ends, has little purpose unless directed to participate in a constructive and meaningful way.
Dogs sit, committee members will hopefully be called upon to participate.