Education has a crucial role to play in launching a "campaign to remember" stories of agency, or popular empowerment, like the common school movement and many others. It also has the capacity to play such a role. This need is vivid illustrated by the election. People have forgotten that "we the people" created the nation itself, in a fight against a king.


The narrative of the "common school movement" should be representative of the diverse group of students and school options it serves, argues Deborah Meier.


Democracy schools in America were associated with the "common school movement," embodying ideals of a "commonwealth" created and sustained by people in communities. As people made the commonwealth -- and its common schools -- they became invested in the commonwealth as a counterweight to private wealth. Can we do this again? If so, how did you rebuild a sense of ownership and connections in communities with the schools you were involved with?


Just as politics is an important function of a working democracy, smart politics can benefit schools and enhance democracy in schools, argues Deb Meier.


What's democracy got to do with teaching? Deborah Meier asked. A lot - including the nature of pedagogy and the identity of teachers who teach love of ideas, the importance of evidence, and the importance of public relationships with other adults, teachers and parents.


The opinions expressed in Bridging Differences are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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