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February 11, 2016

Schools vs. Elections as Sites for Controversy

The absence of excitement about controversial ideas that the young demonstrate in school contrasts sharply with their excited reactions to Trump, Clinton and Sanders, etc.

February 09, 2016

Putting the People Back in Politics

Schools need to teach and practice "citizen politics," politics revolving around citizens, not politics revolving around politicians, professionals, or parties, if schools are to be true to their calling as building the democratic way of life.

February 04, 2016

Teaching Democratic Politics and Other Habits

Schools are hardly designed to encourage "confrontations" over our strongly held views in ways that, over time, lead us to reconsider our own opinions.

February 02, 2016

Free Spaces in Democracy Schools

The work of creating and sustaining free spaces in and around schools, where there is room for people to develop public capacities ("democratic habits") and democratic intellectual life, is a crucial part of a movement for democracy schools. How can policy promote them, and the educators who can do this work?

January 28, 2016

Inviting Policy Ideas for Democracy Schools

We need to introduce policies that will turn schools into places where adults and youths learn to use their voices effectively, have respect and empathy for others, and discover what a community is and how to be a member of one.

January 26, 2016

A Federal Initiative on Democracy in Schools?

What might be a federal policy for a new administration that would help create a school system for a democratic way of life?

January 21, 2016

Have We Lost Respect for Hard Work?

As Bernie Sanders reintroduces the word 'socialism' into our respectable political vocabularies, it's time to revisit a value system that respects all work that improves the world. The least prestigious job is as important as the most.

January 19, 2016

Taking on Prejudice Against Working-Class Whites in Schools

In building a democracy school coalition, Boyte asks how we can address the widespread prejudices against working-class whites.

January 14, 2016

Dignity and Respect in Public Schools

What would it take to operate schools so that all members of the extended community are treated respectfully? How might one express this as a "mandate" for any school that expects to receive public funds?

January 12, 2016

From Rage to Responsibility

In this blog Harry Boyte asks how can a discussion of principles that should govern accountable, publicly supported schools include the idea that we are all responsible citizens and creators of education, not angry shoppers in search of the best product.

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