Democracy, at school and at work
Here’s my story and I’m sticking to it:
My kids switched from a “traditional” to “democratic” school this year.
Several Moms said, “well, that’s not the real world…” when I explained that this new school has no grades, no grades (scores), no desks or chairs, and the kids make the rules and decide what to study.
Well, it exists (see pono.nyc), so I guess it’s “the real world”, folks!
Today is Comic Book Friday, so what did they LEARN today?
“I did like 4 or 5 pages, so many speech bubbles and pictures, today!” my 7 year old screams out when he comes home.
(So, yes, I guess they’ll figure out how to read and write.)
And then I stumbled upon this article about how Square makes hard decisions and guess what, it’s rooted in democracy too.
It seems adults crave democracy and a voice at work.
And kids do too.