common curriculum

in an education system or institution, the educational programme which all involved would be expected to follow. It is necessarily controversial since decisions on what is deemed suitable for all require choices to be made about what is judged appropriate or not, and such choices will clearly reflect different social, political, and cultural values. Also, while ostensibly offering equality - a common curriculum for all - it may entrench inequality since the particular views of any dominant social group are likely to shape and inform the curriculum design.