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Must-Do List From the Co-op

This week we decided to follow up on some of the conversations we’ve been having and co-create a list that answers the question: What MUST we DO to transform schools into places of authentic, democratic learning? At one point we mentioned involving someone else in creating this list as well, and I know several of … Continue reading

Week of May 17th, 2010

This week the Coöp asks, What must we do to transform schools into places of authentic, democratic learning? What do you think? What has to happen to prepare all schools, students, and teachers to form new, democratic relationships and to share personally meaningful teaching and learning with their communities and the world? What has to … Continue reading

Some resolve & a little switch

Before I talk about how I got here, let me try to describe where here is. I stand for Student choice. Democratic education. Authentic project-based, service, and entrepreneurial learning and feedback. Schools that function as nodes for learning opportunities. Extending students unabridged rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness at school. Extending teachers … Continue reading

Personal Creeds and Philosophies of the Right Kind of Education.

This week we are asking the question “How can teachers have a bigger influence on education reformation?” During the week we have seen different ways this question can be answered. Casey on Wednesday reminded us we need to “Promote Reform and Yourself Without Censorship…” I agree whole heartily to Casey’s statement. I want to add, … Continue reading

A Call To Action

Recently I saw a series of tweets sharing this link: In Defense of Public School Teachers in a Time of Crisis – Henry Giroux. The interesting thing to me is that it was written 15 days ago–what took it so long to become a RT by so many? The writer is all over democratic schools and … Continue reading

Democracy Starts From The Bottom Up

The population that makes up the structure we call “school” can be placed on a continuum to show the way in which each individual is contributing to the development (or hindrance) of democracy. Point blank: each individual needs to be knowledgeable of the fact that he or she can push schools further towards a democratic … Continue reading

Turf Wars and Democracy

This week’s catalyst question is “How are students, teachers, and administrators fostering or getting in the way of democratic education?” My post will show that fostering or inhibiting democratic actions sometimes happens deliberately and sometimes not so purposefully. I am a Gifted Resource Teacher and in my system, that means that quite a bit of … Continue reading

Do You Want Democratic Education?

Michael Josefowicz (@ToughLoveforX) frequently helps me sharpen my thinking via Twitter, especially in regards to marketing #edreform and making it easy for the public to say yes to big change. Consequently, I’ve been thinking about “yes” questions for students, teachers, parents, and administrators – questions like Do you want students to do more than test … Continue reading

Public Education is Anything but Free

This is not a very complex issue to date. Systematically, our public education system has been about training students to sit still and listen to the information politicians, administrators, and teachers have determined is important for them to know. Their job is then to repeat back that information to confirm its transmission. Our current educational … Continue reading

Week of March 22, 2010

Thank you for visiting and being a part of the conversation here at Cooperative Catalyst. So far our questions have directed us to dream and envision what education in a democracy should be. Last week we took a crack at thinking about Common Core Standards (or any standards) fit or don’t fit into democratic education. … Continue reading

A Democracy of Learners

Our schools have adopted a capitalistic view of teachers as parts and students as products. At the policy level, very little #edreform discourse really suggests that we change that.  Of course, when we talk abut #edreform, by and large, we’re talking about doing things to schools, students, and teachers.  We’re not talking about changing the … Continue reading

Standardizing Democracy-Part 2

The Light Side Now that I have purged most of my skepticism, please allow me the opportunity to express how common core standards may facilitate a move towards a more democratic education system. First of all, as others have mentioned, having national standards will remove roadblocks in interstate collaboration and information sharing. This will assist … Continue reading

Rationale Thinking About A Democratic Structure of Schooling

Schools have evolved in the United States over time from “restricted access for some” to “you must go” while increasing provisions for those that are in need, and offering a menu of activities in participatory culture. The problem is that, despite the participatory feeling of these additions, schools lack in their efforts to prompt a … Continue reading

March to Democracy

The primary feature of democratic education is equal student and teacher participation in learning and school governance.  Independent democratic schools – like Sudbury schools – typify the theory of democratic education in practice.  At these schools Students and teachers participate as equals in a direct democracy responsible for all school governance decisions – including hiring … Continue reading

The DNA of Democracy

“Democracy. Every man was the master of his own soul. Although it was wisdom to cooperate, a person was not required to if he did not think it was right.”-Jean Craighead George, Water Sky, p. 132 My Top Ten Ways to Create Democracy in Schools 1. No Grades 2. Explain to students that it is … Continue reading

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