It is not surprising that in the 21st century schools and organisations practise elements of democratic education to greater and lesser degrees. Teachers implement democratic activities in the classroom where they can and trainee teachers aspire to do this when their time comes. Other supportive and interested individals research, write and contribute to democratic education in a multitude of ways. Many parents seek a more democratic form of education for their children and don't know where to turn.
The Phoenix Education Trust sees that there is a lot of good practice in the UK. It is also apparrent that there is not much awareness about this within the mainstream. Even people involved in democratic education do not necessarily know about each other.
The Democratic Education Directory will be an interactive online map on which schools, organisations and individuals involved in democratic education will be able to place themselves and say a bit about what they are doing.
This directory will show what is going on where, so that like-minded people can make connections and support each other.
Anyone who practises or supports democratic education is welcome to appear in the directory.
This means that you belong here if you are working towards objectives such as these:
- giving members of your school community a genuine say in decision-making
- creating a culture of respecting difference and promoting tolerance which enables the community to work collaboratively and engage in collective decision-making
- believing that sound learning and responsible behaviour are rooted in equality and respect in and out of the class room
- letting your students follow their own interests and learn because they wish to
- enabling your students to make choices which have a real impact on their every day lives,
Such objectives may involve the whole school, or may be expressed through a single project. For the purpose of the directory scale is not a deciding factor.
It costs nothing to be listed on the Directory. How much you connect to other people and whether this develops into a network or something more is up to you.