By Ivor F. Goodson
University matters and the way they're considered and located inside schooling is the focal point of this article. It argues that, as a part of rethinking the complete institution curriculum, there was a failure to examine the old and social heritage of faculty matters.
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3 How did selective high schools, such as the Australian case study included in this chapter, withstand pressures from powerful lobby groups? To what extent were girls at Sydney Girl’s High School given access to high status, academic subjects? 4 The four case studies highlight various pressure groups who were able to influence the scope and range of the curriculum over a number of decades in England, the USA, Australia and Canada. In terms of your teaching experience give details of groups who have been able to influence the school curriculum.
By the 1890s, the forces that were to struggle for control of the American curriculum were in place, and the early part of the twentieth century became the battleground for that struggle. (pp. 1–2) By the time this battleground had been defined, four interest groups had emerged who were to contest the American curriculum. The first tradition was represented by the group known as the humanists (similar in some ways to Williams ‘old humanists’). The humanists were ‘guardians of an ancient tradition tied to the power of reason and what they regarded as the finest in the Western cultural heritage’ (Kliebard, 1982, p.
But what kind of cultural property in the form of curriculum was most valuable to a class in the middle of structural crisis? The proprietary middle class began to perceive schooling as a gateway to the professions (an avenue that was pursued by the local middle classes at a later date in Northern England at Hightown Grammar). At this time, however, Central and the proprietary middle class encountered further challenges. The unique position and prestige of Central led ultimately to demands for more schools of this sort.