Saber-Tooth Curriculum

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Saber-Tooth Curriculum

By | September 2013
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In this essay I will be discussing the Saber-tooth Curriculum and how it is linked to the implementation of Outcomes Based Education and the National Curriculum Statement. The Saber-tooth Curriculum is a famous satire on curriculum development, which was published in 1939. It tells the story of New-Fist, and his curriculum. In a post-apartheid South Africa we can still learn a great deal from this satire. The universal principle is illustrated by the Saber-tooth Curriculum and I will also be reflecting on different curriculum approaches advocated by Tyler, stenhouse, Kruger and freire. We will also be taking a look on whether the implementation of OBE and NCS in South African classrooms were based on these scholars.

The universal principle is changing the curriculum to meet the needs of the learners as well as society. New-Fist Saber-tooth curriculumintroduced a systematic education for children. He had noticed that children had no purpose in their in their play beyond the pleasure they got from the activity. The children protected themselves from boredom while adults protected themselves from danger. Thus he introduced activities that benefitted not only children but adults as well. The universal principle deals with environmental, political, and technological change. In the saber-tooth curriculum New-Fist devised a new curriculum because of environmental changes that met the needs of learners and society. We learn that in order for teachers to meet the needs of both they must identify problems in the current curriculum to implement a more systematic curriculum.

The first educational theorist and practioner was a man of Chellean times whose name was New-Fist-Hammer-Maker but for short called New-Fist. New-Fist gained his name by producing such artifices that his tribe had never seen before, he knew how to get things done for his community and has the energy and will power to go ahead and do them. He was also an educated man and later on after some...