Educating for Democracy: Part Two of a Conversation with Scott Myers-Lipton

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” — Frederick Douglass

In Part Two Scott describes ways of integrating the community (university, city, state, nation) with the classroom. Students are citizens, with power, who have the knowledge and tools to change public policy. Students determine the issues they want to work on; for example:

“This semester, SJSU social action students will be focusing on:

  • SAD: Students Against Displacement
  • SHA: Student Homeless Alliance (state legislation, click here for an article that came out this weekend:
  • ASHES: (Accessible Sexual Health Education & Services) in our local high school district
  • Turn-up 4 Transit: better bus service to campus.”

The PBS documentary, Walk the Walk, is about the San Jose State University student actions that aired in September 2019. The full video can be accessed here:

The Nothing Never Happens music:

Theme music and interstitial music by Lance Erik Haugan with Aviva and the Flying Penguins

Outro music for Part Two is by Paul O. Myhre, “Prayer for Outcasts,” available on