By A. Belden Fields
A floor breaking examine how entry to selection making within the public faculties should be prolonged to all, even formerly excluded segments of the group.
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Extra resources for Education and Democratic Theory: Finding a Place for Community Participation in Public School Reform
Someone has to initiate the idea and mobilize the community around it. Every initiation, every mobilization, every administrative edict is a closing off as well as an opening, and it is a closing off that has someone’s name attached to it. While personality may be a critical factor in this case, it is not hard for some implementations of SBDM to gain an aura of manipulation. Participatory democracy is a hard row to hoe if all A Failed Attempt 25 concerns about manipulation by interested parties are to be allayed.
Breaking the ice is equivalent to opening the doors to a community conversation, it is a way of finding a common ground for a shared experience. Breaking ice creates a space that community members can enter. In sharing name tags, life symbols, and stories about the schools, the community members come together in a form of discourse that is not otherwise made available by the school. There is no space for these kinds of conversations in the monthly school board meetings. The PTA is also not a site where this kind of talk can occur.
At our interview, about seven years after this meeting, he noted that only a few days before this interview the company had announced the layoff of fifteen thousand workers, which was to him an obvious sign that it was not as competent as Fox thought. 2 Accord may be correct in his concern that Fox was giving away everyone’s power but his own. Yet the effect of Fox’s rhetoric leaves an impression that he wanted to reduce the distance between professional authority and economic power in a climate in which school budgets were unstable.
Education and Democratic Theory: Finding a Place for Community Participation in Public School Reform by A. Belden Fields