I have heard this referred to before, but wanted to document the different aspects to the curriculum:
There is the intended curriculum, which is what officials say should be taught. The implemented curriculum, which is what teachers teach. And the attained curriculum, which is what the students learn.
I don't think that many teachers would deny that there is a difference between what the national curriculum says students should learn and what they actually learn. But how far away from it can we actually stray before it becomes unacceptable?
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