Ira Israel ’07 (Los Angeles, MA Clinical Psych.) is an LMFT, LPCC and author of the acclaimed New World Library book How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re an Adult: A Path to Authenticity and Awakening. He has a private practice in Los Angeles, and teaches “Cultivating Meaning and Happiness through Mindfulness and Yoga” workshops at the Esalen Institute and Kripalu.
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