How can we create schools with more autonomy and communities that challenge the norms that are counterproductive to democracy?
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November 12, 2015
November 10, 2015
In this blog, Harry Boyte agrees with Deborah Meier that "choice" is not the same as democracy. He argues for a citizen politics of plurality, cooperation, equality, respect for people's potential, and recognition of a public realm, different than private life, and proposes that spreading such politics requires "cultural organizing."
November 05, 2015
School choice, rather than being democratic, often creates communities separate from the ones we actually live and vote in.
November 03, 2015
Harry Boyte responds to Deborah Meier's story of large-scale school reform efforts which failed or were ignored by policy makers, by calling for a "Copernican Revolution" in how we think about politics.
October 29, 2015
Experimental attempts at creating alternative—and more democratic—school systems have been largely rejected or ignored.
October 27, 2015
In this continuing dialogue with Deborah Meier, Harry Boyte argues that conversation between democracy educators and democracy organizers creates ground for expanding democracy. In addition to the importance of the commonwealth, shared public resources, it highlights the need for citizen politics, not simply party politics.
October 22, 2015
Private schools do not "belong" to the people in the same way public schools do, as their measure of success is not accountability to the community but merely their ability to sustain themselves.
October 20, 2015
Continuing the discussion with Deborah Meier about what makes for "democracy schools," Harry Boyte proposes the central importance of "relational organizing," building human relationships, like Meier. This is a lesson learned by contemporary community organizing, contrasted with "mobilizing" approaches. He also highlights the important distinction between "public relationships" and "private relationships," developed in relational organizing, which he and his colleagues translate into school change.
October 15, 2015
Deborah Meier argues that to promote democratic learning, teachers should mimic the family as a learning place more than parents should mimic school classrooms.
October 08, 2015
Deborah Meier discusses play as a form of agency, America's "obsession with rank order," and the role of school mandates.