Digest of terms

just community school

this is the concept used to characterise both a practical educational experiment and a desirable end result. Although there are parallels elsewhere, including some monastic communities and kibbutzim, it is especially associated with the work of Lawrence Kohlberg and colleagues in US public high schools and prisons. Procedural priority is given to mutual regard between all participants of whatever age status or background and represented by equal voting rights. The experience is claimed to be morally educative. The concept and its educational worth is in some respects found in the provision for 'school councils'. However, though these comprise elected individuals, they are often less radical in their operation of democratic principles.

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