# Definition of “curriculum”

In standard usage does the word "curriculum" mean

• That which ought to be taught and learned, as prescribed by authorities (i.e. teachers and textbook authors and the like); or
• That which actually is taught and learned in conventional practice, regardless of whether it is consistent with what authorities say ought to be taught and learned; or
• Something else?
• It seems that, according to Wikipedia, your first meaning is the most common one. Of course, it depends on the context where the word is used. Also, see this: "There is no generally agreed upon definition of curriculum." – Joel Reyes Noche Jul 21 '15 at 3:57