Democratic schools, like democracy itself, do not happen by chance. They result from explicit attempts by educators to put in place arrangements and opportunities that will bring democracy to life … These opportunities and arrangements involve two lines of work. One is to create democratic structures and processes by which life in the school is carried out. The other is to create a curriculum that will give young people democratic experiences.
Michael Apple and James Beane
Apple, M. W. & Beane, J. A. (eds.) (1999). Democratic Schools: Lessons from the Chalk Face, Buckingham: Open University Press.