“Not long ago I went to our local high school as part of a training event and we came in on the heels of a meeting between the high school principal and his staff. He was saying, ‘So then the doors will lock at 8:50. You are not to allow anyone into your classroom at that time and if they knock on the door you are not to allow them in. We will sweep the hallway and bring them to the office where they will be given their detention.’ And I was thinking, ‘Oh my gosh this sounds just like prison.’”
Innovative democratic professionals like Vanessa Gray, principal and co-founder of Forest Grove Community School, are recreating some of our most fundamental institutions, shaping new democratic practices and struggling against the sometimes profoundly counter-democratic tendencies of contemporary American institutions.
Read an interview with Gray to learn how she has democratized school.