Democracy, Education, and the Schools / Edition 1

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Democracy, Education, and the Schools argues that the most basic purpose of America's schools is to teach children the moral and intellectual responsibilities of living and working in a democracy. Leading scholars from the fields of education, history, political science, and anthropology explore what democracy is and what it means for preparing teachers and teaching students. They discuss critical questions about the relationship between the American democracy and a free public school system, including:* To what extent should the enculturation of the young into American democracy be a major function of the schools?* How can students best learn to understand and participate in American democracy?* What should the schools teach to convey to the young their rights and responsibilities as citizens?* What must teachers know in order to teach children their rights and responsibilities in an effective way? Roger Soder and his contributors ultimately show that there is a necessary relationship between democracy and the public school system—and privatization of the schools runs the risk of destroying the fundamental underpinnings of the American democracy.

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Editorial Reviews

Essays address fundamental questions of US democracy, education, and schools, and argue that the basic purpose of America's schools is to teach children the moral and intellectual responsibilities of living and working in a democracy. They question why American schools have not educated people for democratic citizenship and how they could be reconstructed to do so, examine the costs of educational inequality, and advocate a focus on rhetoric and deliberation in the classroom. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787901660
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/7/1995
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Education Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

ROGER SODER is associate director of the Center for Educational Renewal at the University of Washington and vice president of the indepAndent Institute for Educational Inquiry. He is coeditor (with John I. Goodlad and Kenneth A. Sirotnik) of The Moral Dimensions of Teaching (Jossey-Bass, 1990) and Places Where Teachers Are Taught (Jossey-Bass, 1990).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Schools and the American Democracy
1. The Meanings of Democracy(Nathan Tarcov)
2. Democracy, Nurturance, and Community(Donna H. Kerr)
3. Democracy, Ecology, and Participation(Mary CatherineBateson)
4. Democracy, Education, and Community(John I. Goodlad)
5. Public Schooling and the American Democracy(Robert B.Westbrook)
6. Democracy and Access to Education(Linda Darling-Hammond,Jacqueline Ancess)
7. Curriculum for Democracy(Walter C. Parker)
8. Oratory, Democracy, and the Classroom(John Angus Campbell)
9. Teaching the Teachers of the People(Roger Soder)

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