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Schools for democracy

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In this session I will develop an argument for schools as democratic institutions in which the partnership between adults and young people takes seriously Dewey’s notion that democracy is a ‘mode of associated living embedded in the culture and social relationships of everyday life’. I suggest a 10 point framework for democracy and illustrate key points with examples from primary, secondary and special school contexts. Some examples deliberately draw on radical democratic traditions of education in publicly funded schools, thus countering ‘the enormous condescension of posterity’ so typical of contemporary neo-liberalism which puts its faith in an increasingly desperate insistence that There Is No Alternative.

This talk is part of the Education, Equality and Development (EED) Group Seminars series.

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