chapter  10
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The Playground Project: A Democratic Learning Experience

Working in the education service in the UK in the late 1980s is hard. It becomes more and more difficult, even for the most committed teachers, to work in the belief that through their efforts they are doing something to improve the quality of life of all members of the community. For the current political climate is basically hostile to this aspiration, with governmentbacked divisiveness between schools and children and a squeeze on those studies which broaden horizons and inspire constructive social criticism. Increasingly beset and beleaguered in their professional aspirations, it is, in turn, hard for teachers to encourage in their students the kind of wholehearted commitment to the values of equality, cooperativeness, compassion, honesty, and courage which is essential in a democratic community.