Democratic Schools Lessons in Powerful Education PDF/EPUB

Democratic Schools Lessons in Powerful Education ❰BOOKS❯ ⚦ Democratic Schools Lessons in Powerful Education Author Michael W. Apple – Every once in a while with the passage of time a classic book takes on even greater relevance The first edition of Democratic Schools was praised by legions of education professionals for showing how Every once in Lessons in MOBI ☆ a while with the passage of time a Democratic Schools Epub / classic book takes on even greater relevance The first edition of Democratic Schools Lessons in ePUB ✓ Schools was praised by legions of education professionals for showing how to create schools and classrooms with democratic values in mind; it was hailed for its clear eyed assessment of the important role schools continue to play in promoting democracy its traditions and its thinking Now an expanded and updated edition of Democratic Schools arrives increasingly relevant in a time of ineuitable accountability based reform standardized assessments and cookie cutter curricula Michael Apple and James Beane return to challenge reform movements such as No Child Left Behind by asserting that our schools have a vital and historic connection to the continued success of our democratic way of life Democratic Schools Second Edition shows in detail how educators can make a lasting difference by combining authentic important lessons and a consistent building or system wide focus on a critical and democratic education Apple and Beane once convene seven of America's most creative democratic educators for a powerful conversation about how to build an education that is worthy of our highest ideals The essays that made the first edition so potent are here in their entirety each followed by brand new retrospective insight from their writers educators who have proven that teachers and administrators can bring the nation's most noble values to life every day Grounded in a robust understanding of democracy education and the exigencies of our political and social systems the second edition of Democratic Schools goes beyond updating and expanding the stories of the schools it originally chronicled It adds new material including a brand new chapter from Apple and Beane that provides crucial lessons for creating and sustaining democratic schools and that once again inspires teachers administrators and educational leaders to adopt ways of framing their mission that can create and sustain our democratic way of life even in these difficult times.

3 thoughts on “Democratic Schools Lessons in Powerful Education

  1. Chris Chris says:

    While I appreciated Democratic Schools' concepts and ideas I must also document some of my frustrations with the book's organization and executionI'll begin with what I liked First the educators the authors selected worked in a variety of educational contexts and with a variety of kids across the country Democratic education the authors want us to understand is possible in both urban and suburban contexts and with kids labeled gifted and talented as well as at risk It can also be created as part of a community wide re imagining of the school space or as through the efforts of a single committed teacher Additionally I thought that the types of democratic education the authors chose to profile were laudable both in concept and practice The Fratney School's bilingual anti racist curriculum represented a vast political project that reuired community wide commitment; the Central Park East High School implemented an impressive portfolio system that provided a holistic assessment of students' progress through high school helping them take pride in their academic growth as well as their ultimate accomplishmentsMy frustrations come as a would be democratic educator seeking to take away practical lessons to use in the classroom In this case the text proved muddy Each educator adopted a similar approach to describing their uniue approach to democratic education; this means you have to read through each six different curricular philosophies six different accounts of institutional hurdles overcome six different sets of inspiration anecdotes six different recitations of shortcomings and six different vaguely worded prescriptions to would be democratic educators Rarely did I come away from a chapter saying Wow this is important and I need to start doing this in my classroom and I now I know how Rather I usually thought Huh this is interesting but I would need to see this school in action and talk to teachers and students to understand how it really looks and feels In other words this text often piued my curiosity about democratic possibilities for education but failed to deliver substantive answers of how exactly to implement itRecently I had the opportunity to visit and spend the day in one of the schools profiled in the book The visit raised a third frustration the school I saw was a bit different from its depiction in the book a product of the original textual account being over twenty years old Even though my version of Democratic Schools was supposedly a second edition updated in 2007 the authors had not noted some fairly sizable changes in the school's curriculum that had taken place since the original piece's publication In the same update the text glosses over the fact that two of the other schools profiled have since closed and at least three of the educators profiled no longer work in the classroom on a daily basis If there is a third edition some of the profiled schools need a in depth accounting of their evolution since the book's original publication Programs that have altered to the point they no longer ualify as democratic schools need to be replaced with new schools' democratic initiatives If democratic education is to persist as a viable alternative to corporate style accountability driven ed reform readers need than the fossilized memories from erstwhile educators from which to draw inspiration and practical lessons to apply to today's classrooms

  2. Celeste Celeste says:

    As someone who works in the field of community schools I'm not a practitioner in the classroom so I wasn't sure what I might get out of this book Many of the case studies center around student directed class projects and curriculum that examine social issues within the context of their communities I really hope to fold in some of the ideas of setting up democratic processes in schools as well as projects that allow for student directed learning into my community schools work

  3. Chrissy Chrissy says:

    This is the only way to teach in urban America I have worked with James Beane and Barbara Brodhagen They are both amazing With their guidance and love I have taught in a democratic way and can't imagine doing anything else

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