Discussing and advancing democratic habits can help us move from objects of change to agents of change. And the process needs democratic habits of work, a focus on "hands" as well as "mind," and also "heart," democratic patriotism different than "global citizenship," and love of our society and its democratic potential.

Deborah Meier describes the five "habits of mind," the basis of Boston's Mission Hill School.

Today, when higher education faces ferocious attack, we need a broad movement to revitalize the democratic purposes and practices of colleges and universities -- for the sake of the whole society.

The absence of excitement about controversial ideas that the young demonstrate in school contrasts sharply with their excited reactions to Trump, Clinton and Sanders, etc.

Schools need to teach and practice "citizen politics," politics revolving around citizens, not politics revolving around politicians, professionals, or parties, if schools are to be true to their calling as building the democratic way of life.

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