Democracy in the Garden? Quick thoughts..

in case you missed this…

It is tricky for educators and parents (adults) to find effective ways  to facilitate compassionate, democratic school classroom communities.
Facilitate means guide.
Guide.
Not dictate.
Not exert “power over” but instead practice “power with”.

And what’s the point?

Why do we want young people to have experience with this? So they can mourn the fact that in the “real world” no one cares about these things?
Or so that they can influence the way things develop for the future of the real world?

Do we construct and influence the world or are we helpless in the face of injustice?

If young people are  to learn how to participate in and run things democratically and compassionately  in their classrooms, they do best when able to observe the adults in the wider  school community  actively participating as part of the same  overall social construct.   A top down construct for school business completely…

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Educator, musician, social justice activist...and now a blogger. Children deserve unflinching support from adults.....they deserve nothing less. All kids . Everybody's kids. Everywhere.
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