If your initial answer to “what is a good curriculum?” focused on the quality of the courses at a school, you weren’t far off. Courses are the centerpiece of any curriculum and are essential to its success.
When looking at K–12 schools—whether they’re traditional brick-and-mortar schools or online schools—you want one that offers courses designed by education experts. Typically, this means the courses won’t just be a series of lectures or worksheets. They will be similar to what an online school like Connections Academy® offers.
With more than 20 years of online learning experience, Connections Academy knows what it takes to design an effective course. Their education experts look at every step of every lesson and ensure that each one leads students forward. This means courses are interactive experiences that help students build knowledge and allow them to apply that new knowledge to a project, paper, or other assignment.
These kinds of courses don’t only help students better master and retain information, they also help students build real-world skills. And experts around the world agree that modern school curricula need to build real-world skills, so students are better prepared for the future.
Important real-world skills include hard skills like computer literacy as well as soft skills like adaptability and resilience. Perhaps most importantly, the skill that students gain with a quality curriculum includes critical thinking.
Many employment experts cite critical thinking as vital to success in the workplace. But that’s not the only way critical thinking can help students. Critical thinking is also a key component to collegiate success. And, in these complex and fast-changing times, critical-thinking skills can help students navigate the world and find opportunity wherever—and whenever—it arises.