Conservatives are partially right to advocate for less government, says Deborah Meier.
March 2017 Archives
In learning civic skills and taking public action through the citizen politics approach, students, often on the margins, change expectations and challenge school cultures. They also illustrate the power of "a different kind of politics" beyond the Manichean mindset.
The forms of democracy are weak now. Students, families, and teachers should fight for it, argues Deborah Meier.
In a time of civic unravelling especially along partisan lines, how can we add a strong emphasis (and assessment dimension) on "civic repair" to every issue and organizing effort?
Deborah Meier imagines conditions under which school choice could produce innovation that would influence traditional public schools.
If we want to build a broad, majority coalition for democratic educational reform with a strong emphasis on communities, we need to look in places that are not part of the conventional progressive horizon.
Now, more than ever, young people must see themselves and their communities as the makers of history, writes Deborah Meier.
In the age of the smart machine and Big Data, educators are called to find common ground across partisan divides in the fight for freedom against the looming dangers of an Orwellian world. The old idea of schools and colleges as social centers, or civic sites, is a resource.
There are educational benefits to choice, but it also divides people who otherwise would be allies, says Deborah Meier.