Can a curriculum ever be balanced?

Clio et cetera

One does not have to look too hard to find examples of where curriculum selection was designed to indoctrinate. The most obvious cases are the totalitarian states of the twentieth century where children in, say, 1930s Germany or the USSR were taught curricula that were designed to advance a specific view of the human past. In these contexts, the only history worth knowing – indeed the only history that it was permitted to know – was that set out in the school curriculum. Deviations from this were discouraged, and in some cases punished. In a different way the ‘imperial’ curriculum taught in public schools in Britain before the First World War was designed to instil a set of beliefs and attitudes about the nation, its imperial prowess and the right of its people to rule over others. These are the sorts of curriculum that keep critics awake at night, fearful…

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