I hope to write more in-depth about both of these, but for now, I want to ask/say:
1) How important is a fully fleshed out curriculum? I mean pages and pages of “Students will be able to:” kind of curriculums. I have a curriculum. It’s relatively detailed, but I think the whole thing, from 6-9th grade could fit on a couple of pages. What happens in the classroom is so varied. Some students go way beyond what I might expect, learning what they need to learn to get their projects done. And some students do the bare minimum, perhaps not even meeting the minimum curriculum.
2) What does parental involvement really mean? I was “involved” in my kids’ education only insofar as I generally knew what was going on with them in school. Even when I joined the PTO, I didn’t feel like I was really doing anything to help reform the school or its curriculum. It seems to me that all that decision-making happened at the school board level. At my current school, there’s plenty of parental involvement, but it varies, and I don’t think of parents whom I don’t hear from as any less informed necessarily than those that are in constant contact. For all I know, they talk about school all the time at home and just don’t see any need to communicate. On the other hand, from the standpoint of my son’s education, I feel like getting involved is a) really hard beyond conversations at home and b) somewhat intrusive. I don’t know. What do you think?