Although the goal always seemed to be, to learn and open our minds to different opportunities and thought processes, there was always this underlying expectation of examinations. This I always refer to as “teaching to the test”. This happens in almost every school. During some of my prior classes and some fieldwork, while creating lesson plans, you are expected to follow a certain criteria that gives you a particular final result. In order for a student to be successful even in that particular lesson, they have to have reached a specific and predetermined goal.

The Tyler Rationale puts many limitations on what the teachers are allowed to teach. This then becomes a limitation to the students because their education gets put into a box that they cannot expand using the resource that is their teacher. Also from this limitation, this restricts ways that the students are allowed to learn, so students that may learn in a slightly different way than provided they will have an unfair disadvantage. It is almost impossible under this rationale for there to be any independent work done by the students in which each student will have a personalized outcome and proof of learning. The Tyler Rationale puts more focus on the result rather than the journey that the students and even the teachers took to get there.

While there are many negatives to the Tyler Rationale, there are positives to it as well. While some people think that structure is a bad thing, there are a lot of students that require this structure to be successful. There is a focused objective which means that you have a point where you are certain that your students are successful and understand the topic that is given. Using this rationale there is an agreed-upon set of outcomes and goals that each student needs to reach, which means that there is a set expectation of the students and the teachers.