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Katie Song

Master - Student, Brock University

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Should students have the right to participate in developing school curriculum?

"Democratic education" and "democratic schools" is something that's not new in the US or Canada. The schools (Kindergarten - grade 12) wish to embed the values and ethics of democracy in their students so that they can fulfill the duties of exemplary democratic citizens in the future.

However, by the true meaning of democracy, this means that elementary students should have the right to participate in government/presidential elections, participate in protests, participate in labor forces, form unions, and even participate in the development of their own curriculum.

As parents, relatives, educators, community members and administrators, do you believe there are potential benefits in allowing K-12 students to participate in curriculum development?

If so, how would we go through the process of choosing the "right" students?

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  • Apr 18 2013: Right Fritzie kids can go to school board meetings, but I am not sure how much professional educators listen to others. So we can look at this from multiple ways.
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      Apr 18 2013: George, you are absolutely right. As an initiative to increase student involvement and voice, some board in Ontario have allowed student representatives to participate in board meetings and other administrative gatherings. However, this seems to be a "bandaid solution" to the issue of student voice because there is nothing that came of it (as of yet, at least).

      I don't believe the students' physical presence is the same thing as authentic participation. And whether or not board members even take students' proposals/ideas seriously is another question.
      • Apr 19 2013: Yes the students' input is probably more important than educators attention to it.

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