Curricula as contested and contesting spaces: Geographies of identity, resistance and desire

Paul Prinsloo, Slideshare, Transforming the Curriculum: South African Imperatives and 21st Century, Jan 28, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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This is an excellent presentation, the premise of which is irresistible, but the consequences of which draw us all into a difficult discussion. The premise is, essentially, that curriculum is a contested space. "The 'what' of the curriculum is determined by those who lay claim to own the future... and they will protect their claim at any cost." Who, then, are those 'owners'? This discussion, which takes place in a South African context, immediately turns to colonial history and race, but these or similar issues arise in any context, including my own. Can we fix the curricular process? Or is the game rigged and unwinnable?

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