Blog Post #2: Tyler Rationale

The Tyler Rationale is still used in our school curriculum even though it is outdated. It uses a system that, on paper, makes a lot of sense but is not practical for today’s school system. While it does have variation depending on the society it is implemented in, the Tyler Rationale was created to shape students into model workers or university students. This means that it often disregards subjects and ideas related to the arts and creative thinking. Most of the time the Tyler Rationale focuses on the “core subjects” like English, Mathematics, and the Sciences with these “secondary subjects” being offered if there are the resources and means to teach it. For an example this means that a lot of art programs in underprivileged communities often get cut. Within the article they reference this by saying that “This takes much away from learners. They can end up with little or no voice.” which is meaning that because there is so much importance on the core subjects that the students interests and creativity often get overlooked.

I grew up in a very small community where the Tyler Rationale quite prominent. Since our school was small we did not have the same opportunities students of larger schools got. We had a small staff which made it difficult to offer a large variety of subjects which means art was not really offered to us in high school unless we wanted to take it online. The core subjects were taught to prepare us for university and not much more than that.

While I believe that education should be more than the Tyler Rationale, it also comes with benefits. This can really help prepare students for University and becoming a good University student. This is done by creating a curriculum that focuses on topics that are taught in University. Another benefit is that it helps students figure out what type of work they want to pursue in the future. Students that dislike school or the core subjects can decide that they do not want to attend post secondary or go to a type of post secondary that is more arts or trade based. For students that decide to go into post secondary they can decide what program they would like to go into and what to major in.


Smith, Mark K. “Curriculum Theory and Practice.” 2000.

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