The essays share a common approach to the change of the education curriculum and differs on the need for the change as discussed in this essay. The essay depicts different approaches towards a similar issue; changing the American traditional curriculum to a project oriented and scientific curriculum or a better curriculum. Whereas in the Great Depression essay, most stakeholders were involved in giving suggestions on what they believed was a modern and updated education curriculum, the essay on the Project-oriented offers an option of accomplishing a successful curriculum reform in a restricted area then focus on reconstructing the entire curriculum. In essence, an area of study should be considered first, then, the whole area of the education system considered having an effectively assessed reform process of change of curriculum.
The meeting point for the essays is the need to have the education curriculum overhaul. The authors of the essays believed that, the 1920s was a period to change the education curriculum to have it aligned with the industrialization age of the nation by that time. It is thinkable that, the aspect of science, political and social perspectives became the bone of contention. Political influence during the great depression stirred up the motivation for curriculum change. The necessity that, the education curriculum change was to consider the adults experience, and the opposing voice that the new curriculum was to consider the incoming elementary and secondary students’ needs form another contention of the two essays.
The other point of contention is that, the essay on project-oriented curriculum focused on the efficiency in the struggle to gain fame and acceptance among the educators and the American society at large. For example the proponents mention the capacity of students and classrooms. While the essay Great Depression, focused on the enhancement of either political or social ideologies.
In conclusion, the two essay share similarity in the need to have a complete overhaul of the American education curriculum and share contentions on the reasons for the changes.