Democratic Education in Universities: Pushing at the Boundaries


  • Max Hope University of Hull


Educational alternatives, progressive education, alternative education, difference, educational theory, educational philosophy, home education, education policy


In a recent opinion piece in The Guardian, democratic education advocate Rachel Roberts posed the questions of “why not put children in charge of their schools?† (Roberts, 13 March, 2017). There were over 300 responses within the first week, many of which were thought-out and considered responses, some in support and some in opposition. A sizeable proportion of these echoed the view of one contributor who simply stated: “For the same reason you don’t put inmates in charge of their prison.â€

This is an interesting analogy which implies that the power dynamic between teachers and students is akin to that of prisoner officers and prisoners....

Author Biography

Max Hope, University of Hull

Lecturer in Education and Social Inclusion


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