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Special Section 1

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A LOOK INSIDE THE CLASSROOMS OF THE LEAGUE OF DEMOCRATIC SCHOOLS

Abstract

John Goodlad's body of work speaks clearly to the responsibility of schools and those who implement the work of schools to accomplish a two-part mission: to both introduce students to “the organized bodies of knowledge that discipline and enrich our lives as citizens, workers, parents, and individual human beings” (1979, p.ix), as well as to “enculturat[e] the young in a social and political democracy” (1979, p.ix). At our small school in the Midwest, founded on Goodlad's writing and work, we begin this process the moment a student walks through our doors.

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