A Democratic School Critic

Working Within the System “Democratic schools are just groups of privileged kids playing at equality,” says Ted. “That’s not really democracy. You can’t learn about good governance by shutting yourself away from the world.” “What do you mean?” I ask. “What’s wrong with giving children choices?” Children Born Into a World of Choices    “Ha,…

The Curriculum

Broad Definitions of the Curriculum Democratic Education has a bad reputation for chucking out the whole curriculum. It is time to get over this. The option is to forever be at the mercy of charismatics leading children up the garden path. I’d like to start by proposing three principles. Let’s make a curriculum appropriate to…

Thursday Thoughts: More Options, Less Choice

Roy was exasperated. He was trying to engage kids in his classroom and had a timetable so that they could come for scheduled lessons, but another adult had taken over the Café- an open access space with colourful furnishings, bean bags and free coffee. He found that the kids were more drawn to the social…