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