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January 07, 2016

Thinking Big: How to Expand Democratic Schools

How can we come up with a set of basic principles of democratic accountability and sufficient autonomy for our schools?

December 22, 2015

Democracy Schools: Lessons From Escuela Nueva

This blog, answering Meier's question about what list of elements should be necessary for public funding, with democracy in mind, argues that democracy educators in the United States have much to learn from the international "New School" movement, including the simple lesson that it is possible to make large-scale democratic change from the inside.

December 17, 2015

Schools Are Democracy Sites, Not Chain Stores

I'm hoping for a conversation that might lead to greater agreement about what kind of democratic processes entitle a school to public funding.

December 15, 2015

Citizens as Co-Creators

This blog argues that any concept of democracy schools that has much impact will have to challenge the "consumer" identities which are now widespread, in education and in virtually every area of society. We need a concept of democracy schools which sees students, teachers, parents, and others as co-creators, who build learning communities through their productive public work (work with public meaning and qualities). And we need to publicize the idea of citizen as co-creator, not consumer.

December 10, 2015

What Is a Democracy School?

How can we define what makes a school "public" with democracy in mind, and what kinds of evidence could schools present to demonstrate that they have democratic foundations?

December 08, 2015

Democracy Schools and the Tradition of 'Making Democracy'

This blog argues that the "democracy schools" which Deborah Meier founded and helped to catalyze elsewhere hold many lessons for revitalizing the American tradition of democracy as something we make through public work. This tradition has never been more important to recall, as a resource for pushing back against widespread fear-mongering.

November 25, 2015

Learning to Respect Other Points of View

Compromise is essential for democratic schools, which need to teach faculty, parents, and students to respect each other without burning out.

November 24, 2015

An Alternative to Growing Violence and Division

This blog responds to Deborah Meier's questions about creating a movement for democratic change in education. Boyte argues that "free spaces" where citizen-centered politics can be taught, learned, and practiced offer hope - through a citizen-led alternative to growing violence and fragmentation.

November 19, 2015

What Will It Take to Build a Democratic Movement?

What I want to encourage is for every community to discuss what they want for themselves, their neighbors, and the world that schools might be the appropriate vehicle for.

November 17, 2015

The Purpose of Education and the Meaning of Democracy

In this continuing dialogue with Deborah Meier, Harry Boyte argues that democracy in education will continue to be marginal -- and structural ideas will have little purchase - unless we have a robust discussion about "what is democracy?" He points to the recent conversation between President Obama and the writer Marilynne Robinson, as well as the narrow view of education in the recent Republican debate.

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