A blog about Learning, about Education, about transformation, about change, about youth voice, about democratic human centered education. I am trying to ask the question "Why we educate" and what my answer means to me as a teacher and how my role shapes society and the whole.
Scott Nine joined Laurette Lynn last week for a conversation on Unplugged Mom Radio about democratic education, where home education fits into the picture, and what building an educational movement will require.
The education that America’s students need and deserve is, above all else, a democratic education.
By democratic education, I mean learning that equips students to participate fully in a healthy democracy. As we all know, a democracy is a system in which the people have the power and are able to exercise it. That’s a really difficult state of affairs to maintain, and it can’t be preserved under just any circumstances. At its core, a functioning democracy requires that its citizens be autonomous, responsible members of their community and the larger world. That, in turn, necessitates an education system that is rooted in meaningful challenge to the learner; that is responsive and relevant to the learner’s community; that cultivates personal and social responsibility; and that helps individuals and communities find their voices.
In addition, an education that is democratic must incorporate the principles of a healthy democracy. That means that students should have an active role in shaping their own learning. Teachers, administrators, and policy-makers must stop thinking of children as passive recipients of knowledge, like empty vessels or products on an assembly line, and instead engage students as the uniquely gifted participants and citizens that they are and that our democracy requires them to be.
From November 2-4, thirty educators, parents, youth, and policy-makers will visit four dynamic schools and programs. Together, we’ll make meaning of the visits through conversation and reflection. Space is limited on the NYC Innovation Tour, so register now to secure your spot. (Regístrese en español aquí.)
1) NYC iSchool: A public high school just 4 years old, the iSchool combines innovative use of technology with a problem-based approach to learning, where students have the opportunity to engage in real world projects in New York City and beyond.
Save the Date: The Puerto Rico Innovation Tour is coming November 15-18!