Defining Family, School, and Community

hat is a family? How do you define a school? What constitutes a community? At first glance, these might seem like simple questions with straightforward answers. But as this week’s Learning Resources indicate, defining and describing the roles and responsibilities of families, schools, and communities in today’s world is a complex undertaking. At the same time, it is an essential task, particularly when striving to understand how relationships among the three can be leveraged for the benefit of children and adolescents. In this Discussion you will consider what, exactly, families, schools, and communities entail in a 21st century society. Reflect on the following:

Based on your past experiences and the Learning Resources this week, how do you define family? What responsibilities to children and adolescents do you think families bear within the home-school-community triad?

How do you define school? What responsibilities to children and adolescents do you think schools bear within the home-school-community triad?

How do you define community? What responsibilities to children and adolescents do you think the community bears within the home-school-community triad?

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