For the first time in the tribal areas! the flyer proclaimed, Gram Sabha as per the PESA Act! We were being offered front row seats to history and we weren’t going to miss it. Over two weeks in February, a series of Gram Sabhas were taking place in this tribal belt and we took the opportunity to attend the one on 16 February in Vanabarangipadu, G Madugula Mandal, Visakha District in the Eastern Ghats (తూర్పు కనుమలు) of Andhra Pradesh. Continue reading
So what makes education in a democracy distinct? And I would argue that what makes education in a democracy distinct is that we don’t educate for obedience and conformity; we educate for initiative and courage. We educate for imagination and hope and possibility. And we recognize that the full development of each person requires the full development of all people. Or another way of saying it is, the full development of all is the condition whereby we can educate each. And that shifting of the frame is so important. And frankly, I’m hopeful that in this period of rising expectations, of rethinking so much, that this is where we can go.
Bill Ayres, Professor of Education, speaking on Democracy Now,Friday Nov 14, 2008, to be continued on Monday Nov 17, 2008
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