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2010’s ‘Best of Democratic Education’ List

Posted by Isaac Graves on Jan 02, 2011 - 01:47 PM

I recently read through Education Week's "Revisiting the Most Popular Stories of 2010" list and was generally disenchanted. This is not to say it's a bad list, rather it didn't represent my work and passions in democratic and alternative education. After a few days of jogging my memory, looking through a few 'cheat sheets,' and asking around I now present to you my 'Best of Democratic Education' list for 2010. I've organized the links into a few categories with no ranking system (I wouldn't want Alfie Kohn to get mad).

Best of...

News, Commentary, & Blogs
The kind of mayoral engagement we can celebrate
Science Shows Making Lessons Relevant Really Matters
50 Ways to Make Your School More Democratic
Reframing the Education Debate
Matching kids with adults who live their dream
HuffPost's Greatest Person Of The Day: Omo Moses, Who Sees Math As 'The Great Equalizer'
How Democratic Are Our Schools?
The Case Against College Education
Why College is Overrated
Diversity Debate Convulses Elite High School
Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Schooling in Graduation Speech

Articles & Essays
Powerful Learning Grows in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward
Democracy in Action: Educating Students to Think, Create, Initiate
Parents Are People, Too
Towards an Organic Learning Community
The World Becomes What You Teach
Lives of Passion, School of Hope: The Alumni Project of Jefferson County Open School
Putting the Revolution into Education

Videos
Graeme Taylor Speaks Out on Behalf of Teacher
Sir Ken Robinson's 'Changing Education Paradigms' (RSA video & original talk)
Make Your Voice Heard: Discover Democratic Education
Finding a Way Forward During Challenging Times: A New Agenda for Progressive Education
The Child-Driven Education
Democratic Education with Young Children
...and the last video, my personal favorite of the year, I've embedded (best of list continues below the video):



Books
Quality Education as a Constitutional Right
Lives of Passion, School of Hope: How One Public School Ignites a Lifelong Love of Learning
Turning Points: 35 Visionaries in Education Tell Their Own Stories
Celebrate People's History!: The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution

Films
Race to Nowhere
Schooling the World: The White Man's Last Burden
August to June: Bring Life to School!

Resources
Beyond Tolerance: A Resource Guide for Addressing LGTBQI Issues in Schools
Free to Learn: A Radical Experiment in Education
Education Revolution: The Magazine of Educational Alternatives, a free online archive including current issues
Planning to Change the World: A Plan Book for Social Justice Teachers
IDEA's Democratic Education Resource Section

Events
International Democratic Education Conference (Tel Aviv, Israel)
7th Annual AERO Conference (Albany, NY)
See related post on IDEA's website
Northwest Teachers for Social Justice Conference (Portland, OR)
Education People's Movement Assembly at the United States Social Forum (Detroit, MI) (see Anthony Meza-Wilson's article on page 14 of Education Revolution's fall issue)
'We the People Tour' Also see "Quality Education as a Constitutional Right"
National Day of Action to Defend Public Education and also see page 19 of the latest issue of Education Revolution
Coalition of Essential Schools Fall Forum: Demanding Education That Matters(San Francisco, CA) see also Pedro Nogeura's opening keynote address: "Finding a Way Forward During Challenging Times: A New Agenda for Progressive Education"
2nd Annual Education Circle of Change (Santa Fe, NM)

Perhaps the greatest contemporary historian
Howard Zinn, 1922-2010, Our Favorite Teacher
Howard Zinn: One of the Great Democratic Educators

...and just for fun
The Funniest Kids Test Answers of All Time
Increasing Number Of Parents Opting To Have Children School-Homed
Precocious Kid's Christmas List

What would you add to my list? Let me know!

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