TED Conversations

Katie Song

Master - Student, Brock University

This conversation is closed.

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?


Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Apr 24 2013: As a student myself I feel that kids should not be given complete freedom and right do develop their own curriculum, as most of them don't view the long term pros which they obtain by studying certain chapters/topics. What can be done is a voting based method where a student suggests a topic and others vote to make it pass and include in the curriculum with some necessary chapters which are non-objectionable and are included by the teachers. It will be nice if students can only add content but not remove without the vote and a final teachers say.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.