Aligning Educational Reform with a Deliberative Democracy
By, Celina Meza
Editorial Staff, Journal of Educational Controversy
- Non-repression—freedom from interference and freedom to engage in deliberation. This takes the form of local control in decision-making, in which communities collectively determine the policies that govern them.
- Non-discrimination—the prevention of exclusion or denial of entire groups of children, especially in passive repression.
- The democratic threshold—a standard of equality in which all children are permitted to an education that prepares them with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to engage in democratic discussions and decision-making.
- Provide additional support for staff, parents, and community to get involved in schools in need rather than implementing sanctions.
- Focus the curriculum to content and skills necessary for democratic citizenship rather than curriculum that teaches to the test.
- Hold accountability through democratic procedures (such as elected school boards), rather than through privatization of public resources in SES and school choice.
- Ensure access to equal educational opportunities and diverse context for learning by including enrollment constraints as part of school choice policy.