Although curriculum was surely intended to increase productivity in our education system, I'm not sure that its use has really had the desired effect. In fact, I think strict curriculum requirements have had the opposite effect. In such a technological, advanced society, it seems that we feel we are falling behind students in other parts of the world. A very heavy emphasis has been put on the sciences and mathematics, the subjects most closely related to this boom of technological advances. Education systems are training their students to keep up in this ever-expanding technological age. Because of this mad dash to keep up in this competition, our education has suffered. Educators do not always have the ability to give students a strong, practical understanding of a subject because of the strict timeline and all of the material that they must cover in one semester or year or other allotment of time. They must, instead, give students a weak, shaky understanding of a subject and then move on. Curriculum in itself is not harmful for our education. It keeps it organized and prioritized. It is the way that we implement it that I think can stifle conversation and true learning. This stems from just a pure lack of time to fully delve in to a subject the way it should be learned: through experimentation, exploration, and honest discussion. Technology has made it possible for many aspects of our lives to be done more efficiently and more quickly. Just because we can do something faster, though, does not always mean that we should. It is almost as if we are trying to model students after the technology that surrounds them. But we are humans, not pieces of technology. We take time to truly learn and retain meaningful knowledge. The way that curriculum is set up should reflect that.