Most schools will say that they want students to have an understanding of their world as a whole, but they seldom look at topics with an interdisciplinary focus. Why? It is easy to find reasons why this disjointed approach to learning happens:
· Some argue that there is so much content and so many skills to be learned
in each discipline that they don’t have time to integrate subjects.
· Others say that the each discipline has a body of knowledge and skills that
should stand on its own and not be muddied by the intrusion of other disciplines.
· Secondary educators say that there is insufficient common planning time
to combine their efforts to teach an interdisciplinary course.
· Still others say that the whole system is geared toward separate subjects
and to break out of this would require a monumental effort.
· Others are guided by “the tests,” which are presented by separate disciplines.