Beane, James A., "A Common Core of a Different Sort: Putting Democracy at the Center of the Curriculum," Middle School Journal, 44(No. 3, 2013), 6-14.


James A. Beane


Traces the history of 20th century curriculum trends related to common learnings; analyzes the features of the Common Core State Standards of the early 21st century which emphasizes college preparation and employability for the global economy; poses a third way that emphasizes a democratic core reminiscent of the core curriculum of the 1930s/1940s; discusses common core and middle level education.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Conceptions and Theories, Curriculum Proposals in Coherent Form

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Philosophical Inquiry-Ampliative Criticism, Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Curriculum Standards and Testing, Middle School Curriculum, Core Mandates, Curriculum Integration


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