The Virtual School and the "Hidden Agenda"
Diana Muir, Intelligent Education, Inc., United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-47-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Traditionally the intended curriculum is what we say it is. The actual or 'hidden curriculum' is what remains after everything else has been forgotten. The concept of a hidden agenda in traditional schools has existed since the 1950s and 60s when the education system began to realize they were also teaching ideals, values, citizenship, and a set of normative rules about acceptable and unacceptable social behavior. The 'intended curriculum' were, in fact, patterned after what was required to gain entrance into Yale and Harvard during the 1880s. Although we still follow a nine-month school year (to allow children to work on the farms during the summer months and teach the same subjects geared towards a ivy league college education, the "hidden curriculum" or "hidden agenda" is beginning to change drastically with the advent of the Internet and online education. I suggest that the American educational system begin to investigate more fully what we are actually teaching our students.
Muir, D. (2003). The Virtual School and the "Hidden Agenda". In C. Crawford, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2003--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 606-609). Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).