The current dominant position in Brazilian academia seems to be that the creation of a standardized curriculum is not the best solution to improve public education. There is a similar critique to standardized assessment. Even though these positions should be taken into consideration, I argue that the real question must be: how can Brazil use standardized curriculum and evaluation to improve the quality of education in public schools. Rather than merely rejecting the national curriculum in Brazil, I claim that we need to work with the potentialities of standardized curriculum. The experiences of teachers and educational leaders who faced these challenges in United States it is an opportunity to learn how to face our own challenges in Brazil.
Visiting Student Researcher Tiago Cortinaz will be presenting on his research, "The Base Nacional Comum and the Common Core: A Comparative Study about National Curriculum in Brazil and the United States." Visiting Scholar Paula Louzano will be the discussant for the presentation.
Lemann Center Conference Room, 2-3:15pm.