It's easier to recognize what it looks like when democracy is absent than to describe any particular recipe for what it looks like in practice.
Democracy, in my experiences in the civil rights movement, meant agency. It conveyed the vast, often invisible and scorned potential of African Americans for action, and also the potential of all citizens to be co-creators of an empowering way of life. This was also the Greek meaning. We urgently need to remember it today when elections, a symbol, have become a substitute.
Deborah Meier explores the troubles of creating a truly democratic school and details Mission High's system for reaching consensus.
We can only fight the growing dangers of autocracy with democracy. Five democratic ideas and practices in Deborah Meier's last blog post provide resources.
By pushing "academics," schools often discourage students' intellectual curiosity.