GOVERNANCE IN SCHOOLS is becoming an increasingly important issue, as educators begin to realize how crucial it is to empower the participants in any educational process. There are currently many hundreds of schools in the United States and other countries, both private and public, which operate with varying degrees of of student self-government. These take [...]
IDEA is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is mobilizing action to advance meaningful learning and build a more just and sustainable democracy. IDEA collaborates with communities around the country to reclaim and reinvent education, in ways that develop compassionate citizens and changemakers. IDEA envisions an educational system based on respect for human rights and [...]
The author B. Traven captures the essence of false, unsupported freedom in his epic Jungle Novels. In them, he describes the conditions in the Chiapas region of Mexico which became the foundation of the First Mexican Revolution in 1910. One character, a moderately well off ox cart driver, is certain of his freedom which proves [...]
From the beginning, democracy is premised upon and assumes that freedom is the nature of the beings who take part in it. The process does not accept an ultimate solution, but only the solution arrived upon by free individuals, all judging the truth from their own perspective, and seeking to shape the conditions of their [...]
<iframe width=”420″ height=”315″ src=”” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>http://www.youtube.com/embed/aqrhHTzjNko?rel=0</iframe> This film follows a teacher into an alternative school that in turn teaches him how to connect with others in ways he did not seem possible. More information on the IMDB. What do you think about democratic education’s influence on teacher’s as well as students?
Democracy is a tool we think about using in education. But, what is this tool called democracy? And towards what ends would we take up democracy as a mode of raising our young? The History of humanity is marked by numerous brilliant inventions. These inventions are born as realizations about the world we inhabit, become [...]
Brooklyn Free School is an independent K-12 day school currently with 60 students and 12 full and part time staff located in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. The school is seeking a part time Administrative Assistant to work two days per week, five hours per day, reporting to the Executive Director. The salary is $18 per hour. [...]
Krissi Scott discusses the importance of funding alternative schools. Not everyone attends public schools, and there are all different types of learners. Why not offer true alternatives?
On Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:55 a.m., we students of Western International High School will be starting our first day of class at Southwest Detroit Freedom School at Clark Park, across from our beloved school which we were suspended from. After over 300 of us staged a student walkout on Wednesday April 25, 2012, over 150 [...]
In a quick montage, we see that the time spent in today’s education system – does not equal the creative learning atmosphere that employers and our society needs. Student’s voices must be heard, and democratic education is one of the many forms that this can happen today!