Introduction for a Curriculum and Instruction Discussion by Chardel

Early in life practicing and enunciating words can be a chore that sometimes make beginning learners give up and find clever and ingenious ways of camouflaging illiteracy. Others become so infatuated with the challenge that they developed a lifestyle of building and learning enormous vocabularies. The rest of us simply falls somewhere between the two.

Listening to babies talk for the first time is just so cute. They babble on and on as though communication is taking place, but no true verbalization of real word is comprehensive to the people around.¬†My grandniece goes on and on making sounds. We would respond by saying, “Aah, that’s right. That is right. You don’t say.” Our response causes her baby talk to enhanced with excitement and vigor as though she is really communicating. No real communication is taking place. We have no clue what she is expressing, if she is trying to express anything. Communication takes place when an idea or thought is expressed and it is comprehended by those who it was expressed to. If it is not understood, misunderstood or not heard then communication did not take place.

The pronunciation of the terms curriculum and instruction are initially difficult when first learned. Understanding their importance in education is not always translucent, but learning their purpose makes it essential in the learning process of becoming an educator.

The curriculum that the educational system develop and utilize for training educators to teach and instruct students has undergone trends and reconstructions to improve various failures in the educational system for decades. For instance, between 2011 to 2015 Chicago Public Schools (CPS), high school dropout rate has decrease from 42 to 35 percent. Although listening to babies learns how to speak are heart warming, watching educators, students, and young adults fumble and stumble in the system are not humorous. The following link gives a small report on the issue.

(http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-chicago-school-graduation-rate-change-met-1002-20151001-story.html)

Social media, personal ambitions, spontaneous opportunities, and passions are drives that forces children and adults attempt to over come the up hill battle of learning missed lessons from the early years of school. Call it maturity, hindsight, or the determination and to teach yourself (self-educated). These posts are geared toward solutions that make the challenges of learning and teaching fun, entertaining with the success of a literate adult population.

(http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2011/12/08/high-school-dropout-rates)

New confusing policies implemented after decades of failures in the school system are seldom excepted with enthusiasm by disappointed parents and children. When unknown and unfavorable programs received with skepticism and someone of authority finally states the dismal results, the experts in the educational field opinions will not be valued. Finger pointing, placing blame have been a seventy year old game between the administrators, teachers, students, parents, and the system as a whole.

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX78iKhInsc&list=PL9TCVt-CdNHaKubj4IQWHQxCkG87ZFemA)

Next time lets look at, talk about, and find some success stories, are there any?

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