Where do pre-adults have a chance "to learn democracy," much less get in the habit of expecting it?
Focus on the "structures" of democracy brings to mind the role of elections and assessment in a democratic way of life. How do we think about elections if "we the people" are at the center? How do we avoid another "Southern strategy" like Nixon's, which divided working people by race? How do we assess civic agency?
School communities need a balance of "formal" democracy and civic agency.
Is democracy "who decides"? Or is it civic agency, co-creative, collaborative power to shape the world developed through public work? Or is it both? This is a crucial discussion and debate. Here Boyte argues the civic agency side, though not dismissing decision making. He uses examples from Africa.
Who has the right to change the rules of the game to initiate public work? Who chooses its so-called leaders who speak for the whole?