The structuring of a K-12 learning program can be subjective and controversial depending on the educators that you are discussing it with. I’m going to disagree and argue on the other side of their notion of educators in structuring a K-12 program. Ultimately, all students in K-12 are minors, but that does not mean that they do not aspire, form goals, and want to achieve aspects of their life that they presently want to achieve. As a personal example, I knew that I wanted to be an educator since I was in elementary school. As a result, all the learning through K-12 that I found interesting, applicable, and relatable to my career goal, I was further engaged, interested, and my learning outcomes were increased. That opposite could be said about aspects of learning that I was not interested in, nor did I find relevant to my education goal.
Therefore, a large part of education should be about having students set personal goals around learning as they are continually forming life directions and it will increase their motivation to learn. As all students are different, who are we as educators to say what is important to students or tell them they do not have goals/aspirations. From there, the teacher can guide, and construct student learning based on their goals, aspirations, and problems. This is also depending on what age group we are discussing. Kindergarten (5-year old’s) is a lot different than Grade 12 (18-year old’s).