Only by valuing civic virtues can we begin to explore what it might mean to make K-12 public education democratic.
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April 07, 2016
January 13, 2015
Meier: Maybe if teachers had time to know each other, their students, and families personally, they'd grow to trust each other as partners.
January 08, 2015
Nathan: You refer to some charters as more like a chain. The majority of charters are independent. But, yes, some of them are part of a group. Would you regard Coalition of Essential Schools, or Core Knowledge, or Montessori schools as "chain" schools?
January 06, 2015
Meier: When looking at charter schools what I mostly see are chains operating more like Wal-Marts than mom-and-pop stores, with authority more distant from the children and families.
December 18, 2014
Casey: 'At a time that teachers' unions face existential threats, how do we defend the democratic voice that they provide teachers?'
December 16, 2014
Meier: Do most teachers view their unions much as they view other organizations--some better, some worse, but not "ours."
December 09, 2014
Meier: What are the lessons in equality that young people absorb through the structuring of schools, and how do they match the "civics" lessons they may be receiving formally?
December 04, 2014
Casey: I can't look at the pictures of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice without seeing reflections of the faces of my own children and my own students.
December 02, 2014
Meier: While it's true democracy is never complete, we do kids and ourselves a disservice to pretend that our schools are living examples of even an imperfect democracy.
November 18, 2014
Meier: Does a climate of fear help create excuses for more and more emergencies that can't be turned over to "the people"?