A National Curriculum: To Be Uniform Or Not?

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A mind is a terrible thing to waste, the motto of the United Negro College Fund. Education is the key to success, a quote heard almost daily around the world. There is no doubt that education is the most important instrument that one can possess. Yet, the importance of education has always been present throughout history. Looking back at philosophers such as Aristotle, Dewey, and Piaget their main concern and passion has always been how to properly educate children. Also, the same is true for both state and federal government. State and federal governments have influenced education over the years with legislation such as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, America 2000, No Child ...view middle of the document...

Therefore, providing all schools with national curriculum would help decrease the time and effort needed to effectively and efficiently evaluate student learning.
Next, student flexibility is another benefit of having a uniform national curriculum. Providing national curriculum would stabilize learning for students and make it easier for them to adapt to changing schools if needed. There are thousands of students every year who move and change schools because their parents change jobs or they have parents in the military. A uniform national curriculum would greatly benefit these students because once they are enrolled in a new school; they would not be introduced to a new curriculum and coursework they have never seen before. Not having a uniform curriculum would put these students at an unforeseen disadvantage. Therefore, having a uniform national curriculum would greatly benefit students who attend many schools before completing their high school education.
On the other hand, a national curriculum would also aid in the ability of students to compete on a level playing field. When students start the process of enrolling in college they are often faced with having to take entrance exams. Especially if they are enrolling in one of the Ivy League schools like Harvard, Yale, or Stanford. In addition to entrance exams, students also have to take mandated tests such as the ACT or SAT to enter college. Therefore, implementation of a uniform curriculum would make the knowledge level students have prior to taking entrance exams, the ACT, or the SAT equal and the competition fair. Consequently, if variation exists in the curriculum they have learned, entrance exams will not be similar for all students taking them. Some students would gain from the curriculum they learned and other would be at a loss. Thus, maintaining a uniform curriculum at the K-12 grade level would guarantee equal competition.
Although, having a national uniform curriculum benefits students by providing them equal evaluation,...

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