I was thinking this morning about the central role of democracy in creating positive change. Democracy is a self-organizing, self-directing, and self-correcting process. As long as democracy is in place, positive change will be natural and continuous. Democracy builds this healthy renewal process into the system itself. That’s why I am so excited when we talk about strengthening and broadening the role of ASB/student government/student voice in our schools. Whenever we hear excuses for positive change being made (ie, state regulations, lack of funding, union contracts, etc.), that is a red flag that democracy is being undermined. Keep your ears open and you will hear these kinds of excuses often! Democracy must be the measure of any healthy system, and our schools are no exception.