Democratic Education in Practice

Democratic Education in Practice

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The Mission Hill School, founded by MacArthur Award winner Deborah Meier and colleagues in 1997, is a small public school that has rethought almost everything about the process of teaching and learning. Beyond richly describing and evaluating this high-achieving school, the author argues that democratic education is increasingly difficult in this era of testing and standardization and that a school such as Mission Hill must be continually thoughtful, innovative, and courageous in counteracting systemic inequality. This in-depth examination is essential reading for anyone interested in how to better understand seemingly intractable problems related to urban public education in the United States. Book Features: An exemplary model of democratic education that shows the inner workings of a largely teacher-governed school, a rare example of an urban school implementing Dewey-influenced progressive pedagogy, in-depth descriptions of an anti-racist and culturally relevant pedagogy and curriculum, a close examination of successful practices, including shared decision making, intensive problem solving, and looking at student work.And mixed-aged pairs, such as a student from a 4th/5th grade class and another from a K/1 class can frequently be seen working together at various ... At the end of the 5th grade students review their archive of collected work from previous years and write an autobiography of themselves as students, which they publish in a book with similar essays from other 5th-graders, along with a self-portrait of each.

Title:Democratic Education in Practice
Author:Matthew Knoester
Publisher:Teachers College Press - 2012


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