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Democracy is Us

A brief introduction to the Democracyis.us entry into the Looking at Democracy Challenge. It promotes conflict resolution in education as a core social necessity for healthy democratic societies.

Bill Warters

on 15 October 2013

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Transcript of Democracy is Us

Going Back to Fundamentals for a Stronger Future
Promoting Conflict
Resolution in Education

The Looking at Democracy Challenge invites us to propose solutions that can help improve our democratic process. I'm proposing that we work with educators to enhance social, emotional, and conflict resolution related skills training in schools.

We need active, engaged, respectful citizens who know how to work together nonviolently and collaboratively to make their voices heard in a diverse society.
Democracy in Schools
- Not New Idea
This clip from a 1953 film presents the case for democratic teaching practices, something we need even more today.
Democracy Needs
Active, Nonviolent, Respectful Participants
How can we get there?
Conflict Resolution in Education covers a broad range of practices.
Promoting Active Citizenship is a journey that can take you many places, but ideally, you'll end up in a classroom
Democracy is us learning how to live together.
We're neighbors, but we have different ideas and needs
I'm worried about conflict!
We're concerned about
social justice and fairness. Democracy is not just about peace as in "peace and quiet."
It's about change and reform too!
Raymond Shonholtz
The famous pragmatist educator and philosopher John Dewey believed that active Democracy is intimately tied up with our Education system, and that a proper approach to education was key to the success of a pluralistic democratic society
Schools provide a place where students can begin to explore the skills of democracy in a safe environment
These processes, promoted by civility advocates, are all ones that educators in the Conflict Resolution Education field are teaching in constructive ways
Learning to Speak Your Peace
Conflict Resolution Education
Peer Mediation and Restorative Practices
Multicultural Education, Anti-Bias Education, Peace Education
Law-related Civics Education, Negotiation Skills Training
Social and Emotional Learning
Bullying and Violence Prevention, Active Nonviolence Training (as per MLK and Gandhi)
Learn more about conflict resolution education, democracy and active citizen participation at http://democracyis.us
There are many activities that together make up conflict resolution education. To learn more about CRE, visit
A healthy democracy needs us to be active educators in all the spaces where we work and live.
Ride On!
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Quote from John Dewey
An undesirable society…is one which internally and externally sets up barriers to free intercourse and communication of experience. A society which makes provision for participation in its good of all its members on equal terms and which secures flexible readjustment of its institutions through interaction of the different forms of associated life is in so far democratic. Such a society must have a type of education which gives individuals a personal interest in social relationships and control, and the habits of mind which secure social changes without introducing disorder.
Democracy and Education (1916)
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Take a spin around Democracyis.us!
Strengthen Democracy via CR Education
Conflict Resolution Skills and Knowledge
Civic-minded, self-aware, conflict competent youth, our future leaders!
CRE in the Classroom and Teacher Education
Principled Nonviolence, Negotiation, Human Rights Work
Civic Education, Democratic Classrooms
Diverse Educational Settings
Democratic, Active Citizen Engagement with Government and Educational Leaders
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