I think input by students and parents is fine. I would love to especially see
adults see out input by students about how they learn, what curriculum is
interesting, provocative etc. But ultimately input is about as far as it
probably should go. If parents want to make all the decisions they should home
school their children. Schools and educators have to look out for all the
children. Like I have said before, not sure if the core curriculum is going to
change much. Students and parents have to be more accountable for the learning,
regardless of curriculum. Proponents can't guarantee that this core
curriculum will work but its opponents criticisms seem to get wackier by the
I went to the Parks Department of my city and I asked them what type of
fertilizer they use. They game me a response, and I asked when it was approved.
They said years ago. I asked them if parents of the children who played at
that park had approved using that particular type of fertilizer. They said the professionals who take care of the parks had made the decision,
that there are standards that have been developed after extensive testing.
Since many children play at these parks, I think it highly inappropriate that
none of their parents have been consulted about what fertilizer to use.
Can I amend my previous comment?I didn't mean to denigrate
parents. I AM one, after all. The parents of my students have been extremely
supportive of me. I am just feeling a disdain from certain groups and certain
legislators who claim to be acting in behalf of these parents. Judging from
those parents I come into contact with, I don't think these groups are
representative of the majority of parents in Utah.
To "The Real Maverick"Amen, Brother.As both a parent
AND a teacher of other people's kids, I am very disheartened at times when
I feel not only undervalued as a professional, unable to make my own decisions
regarding my professional work, but even marginalized and put down by the
decision makers on high who claim to be acting on behalf of parents. When I take my child to the doctor, I don't expect that I know better
than the doctor. I trust his expertise. And if I don't, I choose a new
doctor. Not all of my children's teachers are perfect and beyond error. But
I know they know more than I do about certain subjects and are trained to impart
that knowledge to my kids. I support them in that. Am I the only one doing
this? How long can we survive in this climate of suspicion and fear?
When I have over 240 students and only 7 parents (less than 3 percent) show up
for parent teacher conference... Ummmm yeah. I don't want to hear about how
much they care.The biggest problem we have in education is that we,
the educators, have no say over the curriculum. We have the state legislature
constantly making us jump through new hoops, school boards messing around, and
spineless district leaders and administrators who make us perform new programs
for federal grant money.I just wish they would all just get out of
the way and let us teachers TEACH! That's what we went to school for 4+
Parents care. Well, some of 'em. I've met some that it would be
difficult to attach that label to. And, show me 50 parents and I'll show
you 50 different ideas of what curriculum should look like.
To carry that notion a little farther, should parents also be involved in the
development of Medical procedures, legal procedures, dental procedures,
entertainment procedures, and every other thing that involves our children. The
answer is of course YES.However it is unlikely that parents will be
so well educated that they are competent in everything that affects the lives of
our children. So out of sure necessity we relegate some of those things to
others. No single person, minor group or even a set of parents has
the perfect solution to proper education of children of the general public.
Like the other professional fields the better solution is often the consensus of
the largest group available of the most trained in the field. Not
that we just sit back and ignore the solutions and procedures but that we
consider the motivation of those who have other motives in the education and
indoctrination of children. Those groups might include, business, political,
and other organizations who frequently use the promise of parental control to
further their agenda.
Please don't complain when Americans are unable to compete globally when we
let a group of parents decide what the curriculum is instead of trained