Democratic Schools And Democratic Education

1520 WordsMar 8, 20177 Pages
The role of a school in a democratic society is to instill the values of cooperation, fairness and justice into the hearts of our students. Democratic education is a learning process with these fundamental values of our society. Democratic education sees young people not as passive recipients of knowledge, but rather as active co-creators of their own learning. They are not the products of an education system, but rather valued participants in a vibrant learning community. It begins with basic the premise that everyone is unique, so each of us learns in a different way. By supporting the individual development of each young person within a caring community, democratic education helps young people learn about themselves, engage with the…show more content…
Parents see lots of problems with getting involved in their child’s education. Some point to their own demanding schedules and say they don’t have extra time to volunteer or even attend school activities, much less get involved in bigger ways. Others said it is very uncomfortable they feel when trying to communicate with school officials, whether that’s due to language or cultural differences or their own past experiences with school. Some say they lack the know-how and resources to help their child, or they express frustration with school. Some parents complain that they rarely hear from the school unless there is a problem with their child’s behavior or performance. Some families criticize school personnel for not understanding the difficulty of single parents, grandparents, foster parents, or other caregivers. Others say they lack transportation to attend school events or have no child care for younger siblings. While some school have made great strides in engaging parents and other in the educational process, there is still much more that can be done. Parent, family, and community involvement in education correlates with higher academic performance and school improvement. When schools, parents, families, and communities work together to support learning, students tend to earn higher grades, attend school more regularly, stay in school longer,
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