A Disimagination Machine

People who remember court madness through pain, the pain of the perpetually recurring death of their innocence; people who forget court another kind of madness, the madness of the denial of pain and the hatred of innocence. – James Baldwin When I was 23, I started writing about my career. Studying at The Evergreen StateContinue reading “A Disimagination Machine”

Adultism in Democratic Education

My child has attended learning environments operating with democratic education principles for the last seven years, and as her dad I believe I’m a partner with her in her learning. As a line-level youth worker, I worked to infuse democratic education principles into my own practice for more than a decade, and as a consultant,Continue reading “Adultism in Democratic Education”

In Defense of Public Schools

A decade ago, I first made a name for myself in the American education system by arguing that public schools, which are the heart of our democratic society, are by example teaching students nothing about participating in a democracy. That was at the beginning of the age of No Child Left Behind, or NCLB, theContinue reading “In Defense of Public Schools”

Students Can POWERFULLY Change Schools!

The SoundOut Student Voice Curriculum: Teaching Students to Change Schools transforms learning, teaching, and leadership throughout schools! For the first time, its available on Amazon.com for YOU to order now! Find it right now here.

All Student Voice Is NOT Created Equal

We must abandon completely the naive faith that education automatically liberates the mind and serves the cause of human progress; in fact we know it may serve any cause. It may serve tyranny as well as freedom, ignorance as well as enlightenment, falsehood as well as truth. It may lead men and women to thinkContinue reading “All Student Voice Is NOT Created Equal”

Paulo Freire Photobiography

The Paulo Freire Institute in São Paulo has released Paulo Freire – Educar Para Transformar-fotobiografia. It is a beautiful new publication available to read and view for free. Written in Portuguese, we encourage all of our readers to take a flip through it.  Here at CommonAction, including The Freechild Project and SoundOut, our efforts are guided heavily by the insight,Continue reading “Paulo Freire Photobiography”

Public Intellectuals? Try Public Students Instead.

Schools must aspire to be more than just dispersing knowledge to the willing. Reducing education to a commodified exchange is one of the lowest common denominators in human existence. It makes educators and students powerless to affect change in their learning, let alone the world. Everyone involved becomes incapable of acting in democratic relationships.  Continue reading “Public Intellectuals? Try Public Students Instead.”