Brent French ’12 (GSLC, PhD) retired from the Air Force as a Colonel after twenty-seven years of service. Dr. French continues as Director of Finance and Operations for Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Foisie Business School where he teaches graduate courses in organizational behavior and has recently become involved in a funded research project to map the mental complexity of mid-career military officers utilizing constructive developmental theory.
What if classrooms were envisioned as a small democracy? What if our students practiced democracy in their classroom year after year? Further, what if they knew they deserved it? Kate Sipe, ’02, Antioch University Seattle MA in Education with Graduate Teacher Preparation and an adjunct faculty who teaches Classroom Management courses, published a timely post in Medium in the wake of the 2020 Presidential election about the importance of democratic schools and teaching civics to our children: “Psst… Hey teachers… Let’s teach civics in our classrooms every single day.” Start today. Start small. Just start. Let your classroom be a microcosm