“Schools are compulsory for about ten years of a person’s life. They are, perhaps, the only compulsory institutions for all citizens, although those with full membership in schools are not yet treated as full citizens of our society…” – Marie Brennan (1996)
- All students should have validating, sustainable, opportunities that they are interested in to make decisions about their own learning and education as a whole.
- Decision-making opportunities should engage students in solving genuine problems and making substantial decisions that will promote critical thinking skills.
- Students should possess the knowledge and ability needed to make informed decisions.
- Students and educators should be responsible and accountable for developing responsible, creative action plans to implement decisions.
- Students should apply these plans, reflect on the decisions and outcomes, and be charged with continually examining, applying, and challenging this learning.