12th Grade Curriculum for the 21st Century

These are my ideas for a new type of school curriculum. This is just an overview and the subjects, of course, would need to be taught in an age appropriate way, which I haven’t done here. Ideally, the student would pick from each subject what interested them.

 

12th grade
 
1. personal finance
– financial position
– adequate protection
– tax planning
– investment and accumulation goals
– retirement planning
– estate planning
 
2. home repair
– worn
– damaged
– maintenance
– good operations
– remediation of environmental problems
3. car repair
– oil change
– fluids
– tires
– safety procedures
4. credit
– credit cards
– credit management
– credit scoring
– interest rates
– bank credit
– commerce
– consumer credit
– investment credit
– real estate
 
5. finding a job
– resume
– networking
– referrals
– job boards and career websites
– job fairs
– company websites
– cold calling
– recruitment agencies
– temping and internships
– interview
6. physical health
– diet
– exercise
– sleep
– disease
7. sports
 
8. business
– forms of ownership
– classifications
– management
– organization and government regulation
9. accounting
– financial
– management
– auditing
– information systems
– tax
10. career paths
– assessment
– information
– counseling
– education
11. leadership/management
– planning
– organizing
– coordinating
– commanding
– controlling
– interpersonal
– informational
– decision
12. teaching
 (education)
– formal education
  – preschool
  – primary
  – secondary
  – tertiary (higher)
  – vocational
  – special
– educational forms
  – alternative
  – indigenous
  – informal learning
  – self-directed learning
  – open education and electronic technology
– development goals
  – internationalization
  – education and technology in developing countries
  – private vs public funding in developing countries
– educational theory
  – purpose of schools
  – educational psychology
  – the intelligence-education relationship
  – learning modalities
  – philosophy
  – curriculum
  – instruction
– economics of education
13. music (playing)
– percussion
– wind instruments
– stringed instruments
– electronic instruments
14. dance (performance)
– concert dance
– latin/rhythm
– swing
– traditional jazz
– ballroom
– freestyle
– hip hop
– disco
15. fine arts (painting)
– different media (oil, acrylic, etc.)
– symbolic
– still life
– body painting
– figure painting
– illustration
– landscape
– portrait
– cityscape
16. applied arts (printmaking)
– woodcut
– engraving
– etching
– screenprinting
– digital
17. design (user experience)
– elements
  – visual design
  – information architecture
  – interaction design
  – usability
  – human-computer interactiono
– general process
– UX deliverables
– designers\
  – graphic designers
  – visual designers
  – interaction
– testing
– benefits
 
18. medicine
– clinical practice
– institutions
  – delivery
– branches
  – basic sciences
  – specialties
  – interdisciplinary fields
– education and legal controls
– medical ethics
– traditional medicine
 
19. mathematics
– quantity
– structure
– space
– change
– foundations and philosophy
– logic
– discrete
– applied
20. psychology
– schools of thought
  – biological
  – behavioral
  – cognitive
  – social
  – existential-humanist
– themes
  – personality
  – unconscious mind
  – motivation
  – development
  – genes and environment
– applications
  – mental testing
  – mental health care
  – education
  – work
  – military and intelligence
  – health, well-being, and social change
– research methods
  – controlled experiments
  – statistical inference
  – technological assays
  – computer simulation
  – animal studies
  – qualitative and descriptive research
– contemporary issues
– ethics
  – humans
  – other animals
21. history (world)
– prehistory
  – early humans
  – rise of civilization
– ancient history
  – timeline
  – cradles of civilization
  – axial age
  – regional empires
  – declines, falls, and resurgence
– post-classical
  – western asia and north africa
  – europe
  – sub-saharan africa
  – south asia
  – east asia
  – central asia
  – southeast asia
  – oceania
  – the americas
– modern
  – early modern period
  – late modern period
  – contemporary history
22. languages (english)
– phonology
  – consonants
  – vowels
  – phonotactics
  – stress, rhythm and intonation
  – regional variation
– grammar
  – nouns and noun phrases
  – verbs and verb tense
  – syntax
– vocabulary
  – word formation processes
  – word origins
  – english loanwords and calques in other languages
23. writing (non-fiction)
– expository (explaining or informing the reader about a certain topic)
– argumentative
  – background
  – thesis
  – 3 claims
  – evidence for each claim
  – opposing views (2)
  – refutation of 2 opposing views
  – conclusion
 opinion
  – both sides of argument
  – opinions
  – reasons for opinions
  – examples to support reasons
  – conclusions
– essay
  – introductory
  – body
  – transitions
  – conclusion
– biography
  – research
  – reading works already written about the subject
  – interviews
  – visit places significant to the subject’s life
  – explore what interested, influenced and inspired the subject
  – study the time and place of the subject’s life
  – analyzing the subject’s life
  – look for patterns
  – thesis statement
  – decide how to recount the person’s life
  – narrative
  – write
  – drafts
  – get someone to read it
  – proofread
  – title
  – sources
  – publish
– memoir
  – memories
– historical
  – outline
– scientific
24. philosophy (ethics)
– meta-ethics
– normative ethics
  – virtue ethics
  – hedonism
  – state consequentialism
  – consequentialism/teleology
  – deontology
  – pragmatic ethics
  – role ethics
  – anarchist ethics
  – postmodern ethics
– applied
  – specific questions
  – particular fields of application
    – bioethics
    – business
    – machine
    – military
    – political
    – public sector
    – publication
    – relational
– moral
  – evolutionary ethics
– descriptive

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