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The C2City Knowledge Center is led by experts engaged in developing a diverse set of tools and materials, culminating in a knowledge portfolio that supports the set-up of a full-blown Education City.  These materials explore the theoretical, pedagogical, economic, organizational, and ethical facets of the Education City concept.

Preschoolers in the Education City

Educating preschoolers in the spirit of democratic education

Ran Cohen Harounoff

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"You (the adults) say: We are bored by children. 

You are right. 

You say: Because we must lower ourselves to their concepts. 

In this you are mistaken. 

It is not this which tires us, but rather the fact that we must climb and 

rise to their concepts…climb, stretch out our hands, stand on tiptoe, 

reach out, so as not to hurt"

- Janusz Korczak, “Pedagogical Writings,” 1945

A preschool in the spirit of democratic education is more suited to the 21st century then traditional preschools, because it incorporates, in a balanced way, characteristics of support for the child’s individual development alongside social values and environmental awareness. A change in the urban school system should begin in the preschool system, and should be built on parallel levels that provide support for the individual, the peers, and the entire community/environment.

This paper is a guide to making the urban system friendlier for the next generation – from the unique characteristics of a democratic preschool to the necessary steps for effecting a change in the urban space. 

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