Upping the curriculum

Upping the curriculum

Brandon Woods, Editor-in-chief

By: Brandon Woods



Eaten_Apple_clip_art_hightMaking improvements in the curriculum is an essential way of increasing students’ academic levels. The Ferguson-Florissant has made some improvements to its curriculum within the past year. Beginning with the Word of the Day initiative last year, there has been a slight increase amongst students’ academic and literacy levels. This year, the district has introduced a new initiative, The Common Core.

The Common Core is a U.S. educational drive that seeks to bring the diverse state curriculum into alignment with each other by following the principles of standard-based educational reform. In other words, the nation is reaching out to get students within the country to be learning the same things.

The initiative began in 2010.

The Common Core requires teachers to incorporate all subjects into their curriculum, rather than just pertaining to their one subject. As a result of this incorporation, students will begin to notice that they are learning more than one subject within their classes of the day.

For some teachers, they believe that this addition to the curriculum is very beneficiary for students.

Chemistry teacher Ms. Dombrink finds this initiative to be fascinating.

“I appreciate and support any educational movement,” she says. “I think our students will become deeper thinkers, and [focus on all subjects in their classes] rather than just that one subject.”

As for incorporating other subjects into her chemistry curriculum, she doesn’t have a hard time. She says math would be the easily incorporated subject, because science and math are closely related. As for English, she says that she has begun to have students do a lot more reading than she previously has, and she also makes many literary references to help her explain a certain situation within her chemistry curriculum. She incorporates history using past events to help students understand why some things are how they are in the subject of chemistry.

Dombrink truly believes that the Common Core will be a success for the academics of students in the long run.

History teacher Mr. Laney believes that the Common Core is a positive initiative as well.

“I think that this will bring along a positive increase in academic rigor and expectations for school, because it involves reading, writing, interpretation, and evaluation,” he said.

Just like Dombrink, Laney does not find it hard to incorporate other subjects within his curriculum. He says he is able to do so, because all of the subjects are needed to help understand history.

From the Common Core, Laney believes that students will be able to learn how defend their arguments, read more analytically, and be able to clarify their thoughts in an efficient manner.

“This initiative will be a success for the students who embrace it,” he said.