Are Democratic Classrooms Possible? Essay

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Issue 2.1: Are Truly Democratic Classrooms Possible? Issue 3.3: Is the Inclusive Model Workable?
By Marla Layton

One of the goals of education is to motivate and engage our students in learning, even the things that are difficult for them. This paper addresses the hopes and challenges of teacher’s today. Two key perspectives will be highlighted. First, can society find a balance of democracy and mastery of standards in today’s classroom? Second, is it possible to structure a classroom that is inclusive of each child’s individual traits and diversity?
Issue 2.1: Are Truly Democratic Classrooms Possible?
Kristan Morrison- Pro Position
• Democratic and “freedom-based education” (Koonce, 2015, p. 79) is anchored in the belief that people are “naturally curious” (Koonce, 2015, p. 80) and have an “innate desire to learn” (Koonce, 2015, p. 80). Children are more engaged in learning by what motivates them.
• Morrison argues that a democratic form of education was rooted in pre-industrial societies. Imitation, modeling and communication were present through societal life in place of formal schooling (Koonce, 2015).
• Morrison also contends that students educated by given choices will become active adult citizens who understand how to negotiate and give back service to their communities (Koonce, 2015).

Gary Clabaugh- Con Position
• There is no basis in the belief that children are “naturally curious” and that given a freedom-based education they will be productive (Koonce, 2015,
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