Developing a standard curriculum

I don’t want to be the same as everyone else

Is this is your belief, you may have an erroneous sense of what it is to create an international curriculum. There can be more than one path to the same result.

We are creating a curriculum that can be offered by each school. In different countries, in different languages.

Developing a standard curriculum requires us to respect that the translation of concepts is never a direct path. My children are bilingual and often they confuse their French and English. When you take a term from French and translate it into English, it is called a friendly. Let me provide a simple example:

  • My children have said: My teacher is really severe mommy.
  • This comes directly from the French: Mon enseignant est très sévère maman.
  • The correct English form is: My teacher is really strict mommy.
  • Severe exists in both languages, but is not used in English to describe when a person has a very rigid set of rules and expectations.

We would want to include as many resources in your country’s language(s). This will mean giving preference to works that summarize the information versus using initial studies. It will mean learning, connecting and reaching out with local experts in post-partum and infant mental health who study in the same area.

It will also mean translating some information and we will have to use concepts that are the best fit in each language, which means that in some cases they will be approximates. If the concept doesn’t exist in your culture, we will have to find a way to explain why to everyone else.

Our ultimate goal is that each school should offer and teach material that is 75-80% identical to everyone else.

Why else might we want variation, even in offering some differences in carrying techniques?

Variation is a good idea. Different environments, different cultures, different countries and their standards of living will determine which tools are available for use with parents. This may even vary among income and class structures within a particular country. All of these need to be respected and cannot be lightly set aside. What good is it to insist on a unit with structured carriers if their cost is prohibitive? Or if the distribution network is unavailable?

Also, from a scientific point of view, it is hard to test if one methodology or technique is more effective if everyone does exactly the same thing.

Every aspect of the curriculum will be discussed as part of this process.

The ultimate goal of the certification is to have everyone pass the same test no matter the path it takes one to get there.

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