America's history of collective action around schools—schools created by people's public work—is vital to remember in this election season because it is a story of the strength of the people, not the strength of elites. It includes largely unknown stories like the vast citizenship school movement of the civil rights movement, in which people found their strength. This election is all about the strength of celebrity candidates, not the people. We badly need a different public narrative of America.
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May 17, 2016
May 12, 2016
Where do pre-adults have a chance "to learn democracy," much less get in the habit of expecting it?
May 03, 2016
Focus on the "structures" of democracy brings to mind the role of elections and assessment in a democratic way of life. How do we think about elections if "we the people" are at the center? How do we avoid another "Southern strategy" like Nixon's, which divided working people by race? How do we assess civic agency?
April 28, 2016
School communities need a balance of "formal" democracy and civic agency.
April 26, 2016
Is democracy "who decides"? Or is it civic agency, co-creative, collaborative power to shape the world developed through public work? Or is it both? This is a crucial discussion and debate. Here Boyte argues the civic agency side, though not dismissing decision making. He uses examples from Africa.
April 21, 2016
Who has the right to change the rules of the game to initiate public work? Who chooses its so-called leaders who speak for the whole?
April 12, 2016
To gain public support for democracy schools we need to emphasize the work of building such schools, and also how such schools can prepare students who build democracy through their work. The Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and early 1940s has lessons.
April 07, 2016
Only by valuing civic virtues can we begin to explore what it might mean to make K-12 public education democratic.
April 05, 2016
We need a democracy movement to revive "Cooperative Education," tying academic learning with work experiences. This points to a larger view of democracy as an empowering way of life, and also potentially undercuts extremist attacks on education for being disconnected from "jobs."
March 28, 2016
Those most affected by decisions should be involved in making them.