Eleanor Holmes Norton ’60 (Antioch College, BA) introduced a bill (the Washington, D.C. Admission Act H.R. 51) in January, 2019 to make the District of Columbia the 51st state. Norton, a democratic congresswoman (D-DC), received a special statement of support from Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, in addition to a record of 155 original co-sponsors for the bill.
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