9th 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.

 

9th grade
 
1. personal finance
– financial position
– adequate protection
– tax planning
– investment and accumulation goals
– retirement planning
– estate planning
 
2. study skills
– buzan mind maps
– rehearsal and rote learning
– reading and listening
– flashcard training
– keywords
– visual imagery
– acronyms and mnemonics
– exam strategies
– spacing
– organization and lifestyle changes
– study environment
3. social skills
– coordination
– mentoring
– negotiation
– persuasion
– service orientation
– social perceptiveness
4. romantic relationships
– relationship resources
– relationship restoration
– relationship maintenance
– evidence-based marriage education
 
5. mental health
– activity therapy
  – recreational exercise outside (hiking, tennis, etc.)
  – journaling
  – relaxation
  – arts and crafts
  – music therapy
  – camping
– expressive therapy (self expression through creative expression)
(excited, tender, scared, angry, sad, happy)
  – art
  – dance
  – drama
  – role play
  – writing
  – film based
  – poetry
  – play
  – sandplay
  – dreamwork
 
– cognitive behavioral therapy
  – thinking of problems and solutions
  – writing self-statements to counter negative thoughts
  – new opportunities to think positive thoughts
  – visualizing the best part of the day
  – learn to accept disappointment as part of life
 
– dialectical behavior therapy
  – mindfulness: observe, describe, participate
  – distress tolerance
  – emotion regulation
  – interpersonal effectiveness
 
– meditation
  – lie comfortably
  – close your eyes
  – breathe naturally
  – focus on breath
  – notice your body
  – return to your breath when your mind wanders
  – do for 2-3 minutes
6. first aid
– airway management
– cardiopulmonary resucitation
– emergency bleeding control
7. time management
– environment conducive to effectiveness
– setting priorities
– carrying out prioritization
– reducing time on non-priorities
– incentives to modify behavior
8. sports
 
9. negotiation/debate
– strategies
  – distributive negotiation
  – integrative negotiation
– elements of negotiation
  – adversary of partner
  – employing an advocate
  – perspective taking for integrative negotiation
  – negotiation styles
  – types of negotiators
  – bad faith negotiation
– emotion
  – affect effect
  – positive affect
  – negative affect
  – conditions of emotion affect
  – effect of partner’s emotions
  – problems with laboratory studies
– team negotiation
– barriers
– tactics
– nonverbal communication
10. leadership/management
– planning
– organizing
– coordinating
– commanding
– controlling
– interpersonal
– informational
– decision
11. music (theory)
– pitch
– scales and modes
– consonance and dissonance
– rhythm
– melody
– chord
– harmony
– timbre
– texture
– form
– expression
– notation
12. dance (performance)
– concert dance
– latin/rhythm
– swing
– traditional jazz
– ballroom
– freestyle
– hip hop
– disco
13. television (creation)
 
14. theater (playwriting)
– three act structure
– the hero’s journey
– syd field’s paradigm
– the sequence approach
– imagery
– dialogue
– plot
 
15. film (theory)
– apparatus
– auteur
– feminist
– formalist
– genre
– marxist
– philosophy of language film analysis
– psychoanalytic
– screen
– structuralist
 
16. fine arts (sculpture)
– stone
– metal
– glass
– pottery
– wood carving
17. design (product)
– analysis
– concept
– synthesis
– demand pull innovation and invention push innovation
– product design expression
– product design considerations
– trends
 
18. agronomy (agricultural science)
– producing plants
– using plants
– environmentalism
  – resources
  – energy supply
  – waste and pollution
  – habitats and species
19. biology
– cell theory
– evolution
– genetics
– homeostasis
– energy
– structural
– physiological
– research
– systematic
– kingdoms
– ecological and environmental
20. economics
– microeconomics
  – markets
  – production, cost, and efficiency
  – specialization
  – supply and demand
  – firms
  – uncertainty and game theory
  – market failure
  – public sector
– macroeconomics
  – growth
  – business cycle
  – unemployment
  – inflation and monetary policy
  – fiscal policy
– international economics
– practice
  – theory
  – empirical investigation
  – profession
– agreements
– criticism

21. geography
– physical
– human
– integrated
– geomatics
– regional
22. languages (greek and latin roots, stems, and prefixes)
 
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 (metaphysics)
– central questions
– being and ontology
  – identity and change
– causality and time
  – necessity and possibility
  – cosmology and cosmogony
  – mind and matter
  – determinism and free will
  – religion and spirituality
– metaphysics of science
– rejections of metaphysics
– history and schools of metaphysics
  – pre-socratic metaphysics in greece
  – socrates and plato
  – aristotle
  – metaphysics in india
  – scholasticism and the middle ages
  – rationalism and continental rationalism
  – british empiricism
  – kant
  – kantians
  – early analytics philosophy and positivism
  – continental philosophy
  – process metaphysics
  – later analytical philosophy
 
25. 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

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