An interesting statement I found in the book 'the soft revolution' which im trying to read before the end of the semester.
"is it not ironical that in a planned society of controlled workers given compulsary assignments, where religious expression is supressed, the press controlled, and all media of communication censored, where a puppet government is encouraged but denied any real authority, where great attention is given to efficiency an...d character reports, and attendance at cultural assemblies is compulsary,where it is avowed that all will be administered to each according to his needs and performance required from each according to his abilities, and where those who flee are tracked down, returned and punished for trying to escape- in short in the milieu of the typical large American secondary school- we attempt to teach 'the democratic system'?" -Royce Van Norman, John Hopkins University 1966
Gorham High School, where I graduated in 2006, was like this, but our principle tried to do many things that would encourage more democracy. For example, the school council was eventually changed to include as many students as adults, meaning that decisions could be stalled if the students voted together. Also students participated in the interviewing process of hiring new teachers for the school. We voted on schedule changes and the like. Of course we were far from a real democracy, but the attempt was admirable and I think schools should move in that direction and far beyond.
just a thought