The ever-engaging insightful debate between Deb Meier and Diane Ravitch
Bridging Differences
  • Education Is a Civic Question by Kate Stoltzfus Sep 13, 2017
    In their final post to end Bridging Differences' decade-long run, Deborah Meier and Harry Boyte urge readers to put the energy, talents, wisdom, and hard work of "we the people," young as well as old, at the center of creating a 21st-cen...
  • Hiatus in Bridging Differences by Harry C. Boyte Apr 7, 2017
    Dear colleagues and friends, We're taking a break for several weeks, in preparation for the American Education Research Association Conference and the John Dewey Society (this year I'm doing the Dewey lecture on the topic "Citizen Politics an...
  • Who Makes Democratic Change? by Harry C. Boyte Apr 3, 2017
    We need a model of making school changes based on citizens first, not government first. There are many precedents.
  • Is Less Governance Always Better for Students? by Deborah Meier Mar 30, 2017
    Conservatives are partially right to advocate for less government, says Deborah Meier.
  • Empowering Students: When the Last Become First by Harry C. Boyte Mar 28, 2017
    In learning civic skills and taking public action through the citizen politics approach, students, often on the margins, change expectations and challenge school cultures. They also illustrate the power of "a different kind of politics" ...
  • Our Democracy Is Weak Now, Let's Fight for It in Schools by Deborah Meier Mar 23, 2017
    The forms of democracy are weak now. Students, families, and teachers should fight for it, argues Deborah Meier.
  • Repairers of the Breach by Harry C. Boyte Mar 21, 2017
    In a time of civic unravelling especially along partisan lines, how can we add a strong emphasis (and assessment dimension) on "civic repair" to every issue and organizing effort?
  • School Choice That Might Work by Deborah Meier Mar 17, 2017
    Deborah Meier imagines conditions under which school choice could produce innovation that would influence traditional public schools.
  • Democratic School Communities in Unexpected Places by Harry C. Boyte Mar 14, 2017
    If we want to build a broad, majority coalition for democratic educational reform with a strong emphasis on communities, we need to look in places that are not part of the conventional progressive horizon.
  • The Importance of Community: Connecting Schools and Neighborhoods by Deborah Meier Mar 10, 2017
    Now, more than ever, young people must see themselves and their communities as the makers of history, writes Deborah Meier.