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April 03, 2017

Who Makes Democratic Change?

We need a model of making school changes based on citizens first, not government first. There are many precedents.

November 29, 2016

The Constructive Work of Teaching and Learning

Building foundations for democracy in schools can be achieved through building a culture of democracy for every child, writes Deborah Meier.

November 10, 2016

Democracy Schools After the Election: Overcoming the Cult of the Expert

Hillary Clinton's defeat stems, in significant part, from the "cult of the expert" and the reliance on Big Data which infused it. The philosophy of democracy schools, resting on an alternative view of the person -- as unique, dynamic, full of co-creative agentic potential -- is a profound alternative.

October 25, 2016

Citizen Teachers: A New Common School Movement?

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?

October 18, 2016

Lessons of Citizen Teachers

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.

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