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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 22 2013: Standardized education is standardized for a reason, what would happen if every year, a class could choose what they wished to learn, and what they didn't? You would end up with huge discrepancies in education that would make it far harder to educate the children later on, after all, they should all start out with a baseline education in grades K-12.
    Though I agree that having a say in you education would be more motivating, you can always supplement basic education with extra courses online, reading books and other educational materials. In such a way, it would be great if schools could encourage individual study in areas of the students choosing, but children don't have the experience to know what skill they might need later on in life, so basic education shouldn't be decided for them.

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