McCormick, a long-time teacher and school guidance counselor in at-risk schools in Texas and Nevada, has written a useful resource for parents and educators that succinctly introduces the principles of democratic education and offers helpful strategies to apply equitable practices in children’s learning environments. Although this text is easily accessible to general readers, McCormick primarily focuses on strategies for elementary and middle school with an American-centric lens. The book offers a general introduction to equitable teaching practices and behavior management, focusing on discipline and conflict resolution strategies. Recommended.
Civic-minded people are becoming aware that young people are growing up ignorant of, and uncommitted to, the principles upon which our nation was founded. If we make our schools and homes models for democracy, give kids the freedom of choice and bestow on them the basic rights of citizenship, they will have no trouble understanding what our country is about.