It's probably easier to teach about liberty than democracy. The former is perhaps "natural" to the human species.
A child who does not leave his or her public education endowed with the same body of knowledge as his or her peers is consigned to second-class citizenship
Bridging Differences is taking a one-week break and will return with posts from Deborah Meier and Robert Pondiscio the week of Dec. 1.
We're not natural-born democrats, but we are natural born "intellectuals," "theorists," "jokers," "reflecters," plus possessors of plenty of grit.
At their best, our schools have always welcomed children into the body politic, while also serving as engines of upward mobility, individual agency, and self-fulfillment.