A Democratic Classroom Is An Oxymoron

Teachers have a responsibility to teach in a way that students learn. If students do not learn what has been taught, then the teaching is simply entertainment.

I often read the term “democratic classroom.” Democracy, by definition, means that the authority rests with the people. But this is not the situation in a classroom. Authority always rests with the person responsible for the teaching and learning—the teacher. Successful teachers engage students in activities and involve them in the process, but the teacher always retains responsibility.

Democracy does not mean running a class in a democratic fashion. A teacher does not run a democracy. A teacher runs a classroom.