Beliefs About Curriculum

The Food is Elementary curriculum assumes the following:

  1. Values, feelings, and thinking processes are part of the curriculum even when they are not acknowledged by the teacher;
  2. Curriculum involves an interaction of the student, society, school environment and subject matter;
  3. Knowledge and growth are developed as part of a dynamic ongoing processes of inquiry rather than as a passive absorption of material;
  4. Curriculum should encourage independent, socially responsible, and self-critical thought;
  5. The role of the teacher as facilitator decreases as the student matures mentally;
  6. A goal of curriculum is to engage the student in examining thought processes and analyzing real life situations and social problems;
  7. Curriculum should allow for differences in learning styles and speak to cognitive and affective abilities;
  8. An aim of curriculum is to empower to the student to apply knowledge and values in creative, critical, and problem-solving ways to real life situations;
  9. Life experience becomes integrated with the restructuring and building of knowledge;
  10. The ultimate goal of curriculum is to create responsible citizens.