democratic education

democratic education expand

liking Yaacov‘s description..

at idec 2013.. he shared a simple answer..

democratic education, is you asking/listening every day.. to what it is..

plus – the important distinction between a democratic school and democratic education…

democratic school – is a school (so a certain population) run democratically, everyone has a voice

democratic education – a way of life — where you get – education cities… [in the city as eclectic ecosystem of people resources in order to perpetuate life-long learning and sustainability and as the day – not doing the box and then being you with the leftover time]


revolution instigating utopia


here is an earlier talk of Yaacov’s on what democratic education is…

the most beautiful thing we have in the world is that we are different. (discrimination as equity)

the catastrophe of school – you can’t see the uniqueness of everyone.

square makes – not just no uniqueness – but also a competition – competition makes the bell curve

the weak people in the bell graph are weak only in the square – if we let them go out – they are excellent

7:45 democratic education doesn’t get the idea of the square/the box

7:55 everyone can be excellent if we give them choice

every day.


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of interest perhaps… something we found while perusing democracy:

Democratic leaders are neither “demo-” nor “-cratic”

Stop referring to politicians as “leaders.” The concept of a leader contradicts the concept of a democracy… they have nothing to do with each other. The whole essence of the democratic system is the absence of leaders. The entire system was invented by the Greeks so they could finally get rid of their “leaders.” In the words “monarchy” and “oligarchy”, the second element arche (ἀρχή) means “rule”, or “to lead.” Hey, you wouldn’t happen to know who was the leader of Athens around 500 b.c, would you? Of course not, because there was none! Because they were a democracy! That’s right, they didn’t have presidents, nor prime ministers. True democracy is direct, not representative. There are only three activities in which you can have leaders, in sports, religion and in battle. So unless your democratic “leader” is holding a rugby ball, a lightning bolt or an AK47 then stop wasting my time with this bullshit and try to pay attention to the language we’ve all agreed on.


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Democratic education is an educational ideal in which democracy is both a goal and a method of instruction. It brings democratic values to education and can include self-determination within a community of equals, as well as such values as justice, respect and trust. Democratic education is often specifically emancipatory, with the students’ voices being equal to the teacher’s.

[great list at bottom of page – democratic education theorists, Dewey, Gray, Holt, Illich, Neil, …]

[also long list of democratic schools, another of sudbury schools…. (sudbury)]


lumial – in brazil – Ricardo Semler

Nikhil Goyal has visited/studied many democratic schools.

Deborah Meier



economic democracy

film and book by Astra Taylor: what is democracy and  democracy may not exist but will miss


networked individuaism graphic