Heather Bolint ’14 (New England, MS Env. Studies) made national news in Oct. 2017 when she came across a Polish crested rooster while hiking the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia, and carried the rooster more than 40 miles to safety. The story of Heather rescuing the rather exotic-looking farm animal and hiking with him through three states went viral. She brought the rooster to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy headquarters in West Virginia, and then delivered him to an animal sanctuary.
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