What's ironic is that these curriculums tend to be made or taught by people who have a burning passion for their field, but seem to believe that others need to learn the "basics" first. These others may be viewed as generalists, non-majors or even inferiors - and so the thinking is that we have to dumb everything down to simplistic basics.
What's doubly ironic is that this is rarely how engaged people become passionate for their field of expertise. It's like these passionate people decided that others wouldn't be ready for seeing the whole game, so they reduce their field of expertise down into these out-of-context, back to basics, bunch o' facts that provide learners with almost nothing recognizable to the cool shit.
Hence why students are asked to complete the odd numbered questions that ask them to divide naked numbers or repeat nonsensical sentences full of similar sounding syllables.
These curriculums do but one thing: they make kids ask why the holly hell would anyone want to do this?