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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 23 2013: Being a student, I think that we should at least have the right to choose some of our lessons. Right now, all of my school lessons are compulsory, and next year, I will be able to choose one class among french, german, free and architectural sketch. The basic lessons, like, litterature and mathematics should be transactional, but students should be allowed to choose their minor lessons according to their interests. Also, more classes should be added to schools; the activities students are able to take part in are very limited nowadays.

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