Is it the job of teachers to design their own curriculum?
The view of someone I worked with for several years and highly respect is that it shouldn’t be the teachers’ responsibility. In her view, teachers have enough responsibilities on their plates without tackling the writing of an entire curriculum, which is a massive and complex undertaking. They should be able to rely on expert others to do the heavy lifting of planning an entire year’s worth of curriculum. This leaves the teachers’ free to focus their efforts on planning how to adapt that curriculum to meet the needs of their particular students.
What are your gut reactions to this point of view?