I thought some of the people who read my blog might enjoy reading this posting from an excellent blog contributed to by a variety of educators. It fits with recent conversations and the World Cafe Conversations.
Originally posted on Cooperative Catalyst:
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 entity, but they must be cognizant of the fact that schools were originally constructed as opponents to democracy. Of course, educational historians would love to have you believe that one of the original purposes of schooling was to teach people how to behave in a democracy, but that opinion seems to work in stark contrast to rows, grades, standards, and an emphasis on conformity rather than original thought and cognitive development.
Perhaps the original proponents of schooling were more realistic about what it took to be successful in a democracy. That’s why everyone was trained…
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