Open Access Graduate Research Paper
School administrators--Attitudes; Teacher-administrator relationships; Student-administrator relationships;
It needs to be stressed that a middle school ought to be regarded as a general education school. This means that the curriculum should not be limited. "The middle school should deal with widely shared concerns of early adolescents and the world they live in, rather than the narrow interests of academic or vocational specialization." I strongly believe that every community has much to offer in regards to helping teach the youth of the community. A curriculum for a middle school needs to be developed around this thinking. "Teachers need to emphasize the strengths and interests of each student in offering opportunities to become involved in student-initiated projects, school improvement projects, and community service."
Programs can be set up within the community where the school and community work hand in hand. The middle school children need the chance to see what is offered within a community. In order for such programs to be developed, the principal needs to believe in the importance of the community.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
Robert H. Decker
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©1997 Jeffrey A. Barry
Barry, Jeffrey A., "Leading a middle school into the 21st century : a reflective essay" (1997). Graduate Research Papers. 308.