Dr. Mary Baures ’95 (New England, PsyD) extends her plea against using our brother and sister species as commodities in Awakening Awe—An illustrated Journey Toward Reverence (2020). Her narrative, woven around encounters with leopards, snow monkeys, grizzlies, jaguars, and orphan orangutans, is an urgent warning for us to end our cult of superiority and our delusion that we own the earth.
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