Parents and Staff Cooperate in System-Wide Improvement

Ahrens, Maurice R.
March 1954
Educational Leadership;Mar1954, Vol. 11 Issue 6, p337
The article presents information about the co-operation provided by the parents in educating their children to the schools in the United States. There have probably been as many attempts to involve teachers, parents and students in curriculum improvement, as there are schools. The approach to this important activity has varied greatly-from "selling" and "telling" to genuine attempts to involve all three groups at the "grass roots" level in every step and procedure of curriculum development. Experts wrote courses of study which teachers tried to carry out verbatim. Following this era school systems began to involve small committees of teachers in developing courses of study, which were usually inflexible and based upon content found in textbooks. A more recent improvement over the course of study is the teaching guide, which provides help in methods of teaching and more flexibility of content. Although a course of study may specifically state that the contents are suggestive, there is a tendency upon the part of teachers who did not participate in its production to consider it prescriptive. This leads to rigid inflexibility and thwarts the teacher in attempts to deal with the problems and concerns of students.


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