Unleashing the Power of Passion: The Benefits of a Democratic Classroom Experience

Robin Harwick, Ph.D.
3 min readFeb 8, 2023
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The world has changed tremendously, and with each passing day, the traditional classroom learning model is becoming increasingly irrelevant. In place of the antiquated educational system, innovative approaches to education, ones that prioritize student autonomy and give young people the tools they need to navigate the 21st century, must be embraced. One approach that is already well-studied is democratic education. It is quickly gaining popularity among educators and parents alike.

The best part of a democratic classroom is the freedom it offers students to be themselves and explore their interests. Unlike traditional schools, where students are often told what to learn and when to learn it, democratic classrooms allow students to explore their interests and passions. This freedom of choice increases motivation, engagement, and academic success — it is one of the key differences between democratic and traditional education.

I see my students “light up” when they can choose their writing assignment topics. Instead of feeling like the task is a chore, my students get excited about writing, and they are eager to share their work with their peers. This excitement is not limited to writing; it extends to all curriculum areas, from art to math.