[Overton]The Hidden Curriculum and LD Students

According to Richard Lavoie, the hidden curriculum should be an emphasis for students with learning disabilities. He defines the hidden curriculum as each individual school's unwritten and unspoken rules. He lists the following examples of items in this curriculum:

  1. The teaching staff: which teachers expect punctuality, stress homework and/or count heavily on final exams for grades, etc.
  2. How to get around the physical plant of the school: where the cut-throughs are, where not to take a shortcut, etc.
  3. The social environment: what's in and what's out in clothing, music, slang; what rivalries there are, how cliques operate, etc.
  4. The hierarchy of school: who to go to for what.
  5. The demands of extra-curricular activities: how long the season lasts for each sport, what is required for drama club, etc.
  6. What's going on outside of school: where to hang out, special events that are coming up, etc.
  7. What kids look for in a friend and what they dislike.
  8. What traits the opposite sex looks for.
  9. What to talk about with the same sex and the opposite sex.

Taken from: Newsbriefs, Jan/Feb 1992, a publication of the Learning Disabilities Association, Pittsburg, PA.

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