Summer Break: Pondering My Obsession With Schools and Democracy

In wrapping up her conversation with Joe Nathan, Deborah Meier thinks through what the survival of political democracy will require of schools.


What Schools Should Do to Produce Active, Constructive Citizens

The single most important agreement is that schools in this country should have as one of their central goals: Helping young people develop skills and attitudes necessary to be active, constructive citizens of a democracy.


Seven Dictates for Schools That Accept Public Funding

A school has a public responsibility whenever it accepts public funding. Here are seven dictates that should apply to such publicly funded schools.


Suburban Districts Shouldn't Hire Detectives to Keep Students Out

Some suburban districts hire detectives and even take families to court, to keep out students, often low income and students of color, from nearby urban districts. I think this is awful. I found many status quo defenders (and I don't see you as one of them) who believe this is perfectly ok.


How Should Schools Help Teach Democracy?

Deborah Meier and Joe Nathan discuss how schools can teach students about democracy.


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