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Curriculum Matters

Matters related to curriculum touch students most closely. They affect what is taught in classrooms and how it’s taught. Curriculum matters!

Some basic decisions about curriculum are matters of law. For example, California requires every school to offer students access to “a broad course of study.”  Among other things, that means elementary students, not just their older siblings, should get instruction in science and art. All middle and high school students need some career education. And every student, throughout their time in school, should be exposed to history and civics, along with the basics of English language arts and mathematics.

Local schools and districts differ in how they carry out those requirements.  Parents can be stronger advocates for quality education when they understand the issues that underlie those decisions and know what is happening in other communities.

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The Common Core State Standards update the way we prepare students for the future. While the standards set out expectations for English language arts and math, they are impacting teaching and learning across the curriculum.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics education. In our technology-rich world, creativity is crucial and acquiring strong skills in all these areas matters more than ever for success. Parents have important roles to play in helping their kids succeed in these fields.

Parents know: The arts matter. That’s why parents and PTA members consistently rate Arts Education as a priority. And based on that, California State PTA continues to advocate for a complete education that includes the arts for every child.

California State PTA believes the Civic Mission of Schools needs to be reaffirmed and strengthened. Education in California isn’t just about preparing our children for college and careers. We must also teach our children how to be responsible citizens in a democracy – and we all have a role to play.

High school students need to understand how their class work relates to the real world, and Career/Technical Education can help. Linked Learning is a new kind of high-school experience that brings together strong academics, demanding technical education and real-world experience to help students gain an advantage in high school, post-secondary education and careers.