Pinar, William., William. A b Oxford English Dictionary, "Curriculum 152 Hamilton, David (2014). The territories also use Alberta's standardized tests in some subjects. Cultures and societies (e.g. Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences. Many educational institutions are currently trying to balance two opposing forces. But because of increasing specialization and depth in the student's major field of study, a typical core curriculum in higher education mandates a far smaller proportion of a student's course work than a high school or elementary school core curriculum prescribes. Basic education should emphasize the three Rs and college education should be grounded on liberal education.