Should a curriculum include the culture of a region?

Men displaying their culture




It is not an accident that this topic is included in this blog at such a time. It has come at a time that the pressure on this topic and questions about it are fast arising.

What is culture?

Culture has been defined in different ways by many people. This is as a result of people’s perspective which in turn reflect a larger historical background. Culture can simply be defined as the overall ways of life of people defined by a particular territory and are confined to a region such that the practices have their origins from generations before. It is important that contemporary people have little or no power over the pathways of culture and cultural practices. Therefore, it won’t be totally misplaced if culture is said to be an already programmed style a set of people adopt and practice.

What is a curriculum as it relates to culture and school?

Social curriculum as defined by Lawton is a selection from the culture of a society, of certain aspects which are regarded as so valuable that their survival is not left to chance. Relating this to the schooling system simply entails the things about the society that must be incorporated into the schooling system due to the popularity of schools in strongly determining the paths the children grow to follow.

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Furthermore, the schools were developed to engrave the skills and knowledge the students will need in the world and a critical look at the fast arising demands of the society, the surviving skills surly encompass an understanding of heritage, self, and environment which are part of the social studies with the culture in focus.

Why is it important to include culture in the school’s curriculum?

For a society to thrive, the people that live in it must share a level of bond with it. This might be the summary of this subsection, however, the following have been highlighted to show some importance of incorporating cultural studies in the school’s curriculum.

1. Strengthening any student’s sense of belonging in a culture.

The effective incorporation of the cultural ways of the society into the school’s curriculum will go a long way in enhancing the belonging spirit of the students and go a long way in proper participation.

2. Responding to the cultural needs of a student

Finding the commonalities that exist between their lives and the living situations they find themselves. The exposure to some cultural ways helps them find relatable trends with the contexts they find themselves.

3. Ensuring integrative learning

Learning varieties of things from multiple sources and experiences and ultimately connecting the skills and knowledge helps to a great extent in determining the patterns of life of children in school

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4. Extends the scope of learning

Certain learnings that are place-based takes students out of the classroom and beyond their day to day experiences to a site of actual learning which to a great extent helps the appreciation students have to exist landmarks that are culture backed.

5. Posibility of shaping future environment

Students tend to learn the ecology of places and the bigger systems that have helped shape their current environment and is gradually shaping their future environment.

Why it may not be good

It is important to note that nearly all ideas and events have their pros and cons. Here, are some of the reasons why we think the incorporation of culture into the schooling system might not be good are highlighted.

  • Classroom situations are well different from the real-life situations of the world.
  • Parochialism may set in and lead to extreme narrowness if the teachers of culture are not skilled enough
  • With reference to schools in the western, too much shift of attention to this part of education can prove to suffocate the western ideas as some of the historical facts contradict the western facts.

To bring this article to a close, the proper evaluation of these potential disadvantages gives room for its modifications to suit its overall effectiveness in making the students the best they can.




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