An Alternative to Growing Violence and Division

This blog responds to Deborah Meier's questions about creating a movement for democratic change in education. Boyte argues that "free spaces" where citizen-centered politics can be taught, learned, and practiced offer hope - through a citizen-led alternative to growing violence and fragmentation.

What Will It Take to Build a Democratic Movement?

What I want to encourage is for every community to discuss what they want for themselves, their neighbors, and the world that schools might be the appropriate vehicle for.

The Purpose of Education and the Meaning of Democracy

In this continuing dialogue with Deborah Meier, Harry Boyte argues that democracy in education will continue to be marginal -- and structural ideas will have little purchase - unless we have a robust discussion about "what is democracy?" He points to the recent conversation between President Obama and the writer Marilynne Robinson, as well as the narrow view of education in the recent Republican debate.

The Challenges of Large-Scale Action for Democratic School Change

How can we create schools with more autonomy and communities that challenge the norms that are counterproductive to democracy?

How Cultural Organizing Can Promote Democracy in Schools

In this blog, Harry Boyte agrees with Deborah Meier that "choice" is not the same as democracy. He argues for a citizen politics of plurality, cooperation, equality, respect for people's potential, and recognition of a public realm, different than private life, and proposes that spreading such politics requires "cultural organizing."

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