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March 22, 2016

Democracy and Civic Studies

Democracy is not simply self-governance. It also involves cooperative labor, or public work, and deliberation. These are themes of a new transdisciplinary field of civic engagement called "Civic Studies." There are many implications for education and democracy schools.

March 17, 2016

The Difficulties of Practicing Democracy

It's easier to recognize what it looks like when democracy is absent than to describe any particular recipe for what it looks like in practice.

March 15, 2016

What Is Democracy?

Democracy, in my experiences in the civil rights movement, meant agency. It conveyed the vast, often invisible and scorned potential of African Americans for action, and also the potential of all citizens to be co-creators of an empowering way of life. This was also the Greek meaning. We urgently need to remember it today when elections, a symbol, have become a substitute.

March 10, 2016

Democracy Schools Require Compromise

Deborah Meier explores the troubles of creating a truly democratic school and details Mission High's system for reaching consensus.

March 08, 2016

Democracy Versus Autocracy

We can only fight the growing dangers of autocracy with democracy. Five democratic ideas and practices in Deborah Meier's last blog post provide resources.

March 03, 2016

How Useful Is 'Academia'?

By pushing "academics," schools often discourage students' intellectual curiosity.

March 01, 2016

Putting the Public in Public Schools

At the University of Illinois last week, I was struck by how much leaders with vision in higher education understand that the broader citizenry needs to be brought into the conversation about public policies and purposes. We have some precedents to build on.

February 25, 2016

What Defines a Public School?

Schools play the greatest role in sustaining the idea of democracy—and for this reason, we must rethink the qualities a public school should have.

February 23, 2016

Citizen Professionals as Democratic Patriots

Discussing and advancing democratic habits can help us move from objects of change to agents of change. And the process needs democratic habits of work, a focus on "hands" as well as "mind," and also "heart," democratic patriotism different than "global citizenship," and love of our society and its democratic potential.

February 18, 2016

How Habits Support Democratic Schooling

Deborah Meier describes the five "habits of mind," the basis of Boston's Mission Hill School.

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