Harry Boyte and Deborah Meier exchange ideas about "citizen politics," cross-partisan politics of citizen empowerment, or civic agency, how citizen politics can address challenges like gun violence, and how schools might become sites.
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October 06, 2015
October 01, 2015
Deborah Meier and Harry Boyte discuss what democratic education and education for democracy involve. They identify "agency," both individual and collective or civic, as key.
September 29, 2015
In this exchange on democracy and education, Harry Boyte argues that mandates usually put technocrats in charge, drawing on Pope Francis' populist philosophy to argue that technocratic approaches reflect biases, all too common on the left, against local cultures and everyday citizens. Deborah Meier agrees technocracy is a problem, but traces it to economic greed.
September 24, 2015
In this exchange Deborah Meier and Harry Boyte discuss democratic schools, or "democracy schools" in which a mix of children are all learning "in the same classroom." They also talk about how to get there. Meier accents mandates of some democratic elements. Boyte says we need a broad citizen movement as the central strategy.
September 22, 2015
In this opening dialogue on democracy and education Deborah Meier and Harry Boyte agree on the importance of democratic education and on teachers' crucial roles, and have some differences on what is "public."
September 18, 2015
Some of the best, and worst aspects of democracy are displayed in recent K-12/post-secondary education interactions. We've seen respect and disrespect, collaboration and confrontation. With the ironically named "Higher" Learning Commission, we've seen abuse of power, particularly their most recent decisions undermining the ability of students to earn college credits while in high school.
May 26, 2015
We both believe schools should help young people to believe in, and be active participants in democracy...As you put it, "There's a radical--and wonderful--new idea here... that all children could and should be inventors of their own theories, critics of other people's ideas, analyzers of evidence, and makers of their own personal marks on the world.... I think both what you and I suggest are needed if this is going to happen in most schools for virtually all students.
May 14, 2015
isn't one of the central principles in a democracy, the power of citizens to make choices and decisions, within some limits? Also, don't we know that there's no single design/curriculum/organization for a school in which all students succeed? I think the answer is "yes." So public school choice, including chartering, with schools open to all - no admissions tests - should be part of what we work for.
February 05, 2015
Many public school educators are frustrated. Fortunately, there's a growing movement to give teachers, along with families, a new, better deal. This empowers teachers to create, as options, new schools that reflect their views about how schools should be organized.
January 20, 2015
Meier: I'm against all choice methods that give the school the right to choose rather than the students and families.