What a Democratic Education Looks Like

Democratic education raises issues of equity and deals with structural inequality.

Political engagement
Democratic education raises political and social issues and sees the global in the particular

Participatory classroom processes
Democratic education provides students with choice and authority in the classroom, both individual and collective choice.

Democratic education is concerned with the nature of relationships in the classroom. It aims to develop a commitment to the common good and to foster caring relationships.

Democratization of knowledge
Democratic education values student knowledge and the co-construction of knowledge.

Guidelines produced by Educators for Social Responsibility, 23 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.