Academic rationalism is an orientation to the curriculum that honors therole of traditional content in the development of the rational humanmind. Along with many adherents to other orientations, academicrationalists understand that, because of time constraints, not allavailable curriculum content can be taught in schools. To avoid anoverstuffed curriculum, academic rationalists recommend a distinctcriterion for answering the classic curriculum question regarding whatknowledge is of most worth. For them, the most worthwhile learningcenters on those enduring ideas and artifacts that have stood the testof time. The works that contain the greatest products of the human mindthus become the canon of the school curriculum. Academic rationalists believe that human nature is unchanging and thatthere are eternal truths to be discovered in a world outsideof human beings. They therefore emphasize ...