Subjects at schools are selected by authorities such as the central government (not by the teachers). Some people say that these subjects should be chosen by teachers. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Please give your reasons and examples.
Education is recognized across the world as perhaps the most vital public survive of all. An important starting point for this is a carefully thought-out curriculum framework that reflects the standards and goals for which the education community is willing to be held accountable. In my opinion, I strongly believe that central (or top-level) authorities should be responsible for developing a high-quality curriculum framework while teachers work out the specific subjects.
It is undeniable that there is a need that the central curriculum and assessment authorities set out the programmers of study, attainment targets and assessment arrangements. And only in this way, educational standard, an important factor in improving the quality of education for all students, can be built in national scale. These general guidelines are essential to conduct schooling, to see the effectiveness of different educational methods and to ensure that education budgets are being spent effectively.
On the other hand,as a matter of fact, teachers are better than any of policymakers to understand the dissatisfaction some students feel with existing curriculum provision. However, the truth is teachers relatively little say in determining the content of the compulsory minimum curriculum. Although teachers are not directly involved in devising curriculum, they may be involved through other ways via teaching process. In Norway, the ‘Knowledge Promotion’ reform and its accompanying national curriculum determine the school subjects that must be taught during compulsory education. Each subject consists of main subject areas and the competence to be acquired are dearly specified. The precise content of the subject curricula is determined locally. As a result, flexibility and teachers’ responsibility are increased as well as the integration of children’s service. in conclusion, both teachers and government should be involved in subject selecting-decision, the former specifying curricular content and extending the detail of subject, and the latter describing in only general terms.