Exploring the Unwritten Curriculum of the NBA Playoffs

Shea Serrano, THE RINGER

When you are a teacher, there’s a regular curriculum that you’re supposed to teach and know, and then there’s an unwritten curriculum that you’re supposed to abide by and understand. The regular curriculum is given to teachers by the school district. It’s this long, intimidating packet that lists everything you’re responsible for teaching the kids during the school year. It has a timeline attached to it to keep you on track, and so it’s like “Week 1: Structure of Atoms” and “Week 9: Phases of the Moon” and “Week 31: Symbiotic Relationships in an Ecosystem” and things like that. It’s all very official and very concrete. This is a piece of the one I used to work from in Houston:

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