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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 24 2013: I believe that age appropriate involvement in establishing a curriculum with young students (K – 12) would better integrate the student into the leaning experience. Allowing the student to be involved in these choices would serve as a lesson in decision making and the importance of long term planning and goal setting.
    If you were born before 1994 you were confined to a dull hand me down textbook serving more as a punishment then as a learning tool. With our ever evolving technology, the availability of relevant resources in the classroom is endless and the structure of the classroom would benefit from paralleling those advancements. Allowing the students to be involved in the information finding process along with their chosen life path, I believe, has the potential to spark the interest in education that could change the dynamics of generations to come. Choice is rarely a negative.

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