How it should work – school authorities suggest an action, parents respond and the authorities listen

Lecture Hall I, UMBC, Wednesday night, fall semester, 2010 

RI middle school cancels Honors Night for being too exclusive
[Via Boing Boing]

Via ABC6: “…some members of the school community ‘have long expressed concerns related to the exclusive nature of Honors Night.'”

UPDATE: …and its already back on!


The best function of authoritarian hierarchies is to get things done. Distributed democracies often spend too much time talking and not doing.

But distributed democracies are where the best ideas come from and where innovative responses to change originate. Authoritarian hierarchies that do not listen to the discussions being carried on by the distributed democracies risks taking actions that are not only inappropriate but can be catastrophic to the community.

Here we have a much more proper balance. Thanks to the rapidity of feedback due to modern tools.