A Question of Balance II

100619_142245_0.pngA Question of Balance II -

Returning for a bit to the question of how a community and a school can establish a mutually beneficial relationship is the focus of this blog.

In so many modern schools, contemporary schools, it feels as if the community is asked to pay the taxes, raise the money, and then be disconnected from the schooling system.  It's almost as if the "division of labor" principle is taken literally.  

It's hard for a school to involve the community, the parents and the grandparents and the other community members who have much to say about what happens within the school.  I've been in education long enough to  know that no schools wants or needs or really deserves a parent telling school officials how to run the school.  So any involvement must be something that is balanced, measured, and appropriate.  Any involvement should also really involve timely and purposeful training.  Every school has its own unique culture, and learning that culture is important.

And parents have to leave education to the experts - understanding that it is the teachers and the administrators who deal with students every day and gain that expertise form exposure.

Simultaneously, I often wonder how a school might benefit from community involvement, or, how a community might benefit from school involvement.  

The New Classroom would find ways to involve the community and be involved in the community. Whether this comes from mentorships and apprenticeships or involves community members in senior projects, the opportunities exist.

Maybe the core lesson is that individually we can't do it all, but that together we can do more than either.   It takes a community to educate a child.

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