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May 17, 2016

How Can We Create Schools of the People?

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.

May 12, 2016

Preparing Students for the Political Fray

Where do pre-adults have a chance "to learn democracy," much less get in the habit of expecting it?

May 03, 2016

Rethinking Elections and Assessments Can Lead to a Democratic Awakening

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

4 Lessons Small School Communities Can Teach Us

School communities need a balance of "formal" democracy and civic agency.

April 26, 2016

Democratic Decisions and Civic Agency

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

The Roles of Direct Versus Indirect Power in School Communities

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

The Work and Workers of Democracy Schools

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

What Does It Mean to Teach 'Civic Virtues'?

Only by valuing civic virtues can we begin to explore what it might mean to make K-12 public education democratic.

April 05, 2016

A New Cooperative Education

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

Educating Students on Their Rights

Those most affected by decisions should be involved in making them.

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