If I might be so bold, I would suggest that democratic education may not be an all or nothing condition, but more a continuum -- from zero democratic features on one end to a full array of [then-understood] democratic features on the other end. Or, even, a dual-axis continuum with the level of intellectual freedom along, say, the X axis, and political freedom along the Y. Perhaps if a school ranks positively on both the intellectual and political freedom axes, they might be justly labelled "democratic" or "fully-democratic" or some similar identifier.
PS. Perhaps some creative soul might come up with a quick set of criteria that would plot a person's educational standing, much like the Libertarians have done with their "World's Smallest Political Quiz."
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Joe Jackson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Candy,
> Candy said:
> > > The third issue is our need to rank order communities
> > > from lesser to higher levels of democracy with democratic
> > > classrooms ranking near the bottom and Sudbury Model Schools
> > > at the top.
> Joe responded:
> > I do not believe that this is what has been occurring, and it is
> > certainly not a distinction I make.
> > In terms of the dynamics of the school environment, I try my best to
> > distinguish between schools that are democratic, and schools that are
> > somewhat democratic (read schools where students can be overrulled
> > and/or can only make decisions about certain things) which to me means
> > they are not democratic.
> > Could you give some examples of folks rank-ordering schools by democracy
> > so I can have a picture of what you are talking about?
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