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From curriculum standards and testing to school choice and civic learning, issues in American education are some of the most debated in the United States. The Institutions of American Democracy , a collection of essays by the nation's leading education scholars and professionals, is designed to inform the debate and stimulate change.
In association with the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, The Institutions of American Democracy is the first in a series of books commissioned to enhance public understanding of the nature and function of democratic institutions. A national advisory board—including, among others, Nancy Kassebaum Baker, David Boren, John Brademas, Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, David Gergen, and Lee Hamilton—will guide the vision of the project, which includes future volumes on the press and the three branches of government.
Each essay in The Institutions of American Democracy addresses essential questions for policymakers, educators, and anyone committed to public education. What role should public education play in a democracy? How has that role changed through American history? Have the schools lost sight of their responsibility to teach civics and citizenship? How are current debates about education shaping the future of this democratic institution?
Among the contributors are William Galston, Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the University of Maryland;Clarence Stone, Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland - College Park and editor of Changing Urban Education and Regime Politics: Governing Atlanta, 1946-1988 (University Press of Kansas, 1998).; Susan Moore Johnson, Pforzheimer Professor of Education in Learning and Teaching, Harvard University; Michael Johanek, Executive Director of K-12 Professional Development, College Board; Kathy Simon, co-executive director of the Coalition for Essential Schools and author of Moral Questions in the Classroom (Yale University Press, 2001); and Jennifer Hochschild, Professor of Government and Professor of Afro-American Studies at Harvard University and author of Facing Up to the American Dream: Race, Class, and the Soul of the Nation (Princeton University Press, 1995).
DIRECTORY OF CONTRIBUTORS
GENERAL INTRODUCTION: The Public Schools as an Institution of American Constitutional Democracy, Jaroslav Pelikan
INTRODUCTION, Susan Fuhrman and Marvin Lazerson
SECTION I: EDUCATION AND DEMOCRACY: AMERICAN SCHOOLING IN CONTEXT
1. Patriotic Purposes: Public Schools and the Education of Citizens, Julie A. Reuben
2. The Governance of Public Education, Thomas Corcoran and Margaret Goertz
3. The Politics of Polarization: Education Debates in the United States, William A. Galston
4. Schooling Citizens for Evolving Democracies, Bruce Fuller and Arun Rasiah
SECTION II: TEACHING, LEARNING, AND WORKING
5. Classroom Deliberations, Katherine G. Simon
6. The State of Civic Education: Preparing Citizens in an Era of Accountability, Michael C. Johanek and John Puckett
7. Working in Schools, Susan Moore Johnson
8. Youth, Media, and Citizenship, John Merrow
SECTION III: CITIZEN PARTICIPATION AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
9. Civic Capacity: What, Why, and from Whence, Clarence N. Stone
10. The Education of Democratic Citizens: Citizen Mobilization and Public Education, Wendy D. Purifoy
11. The Elusive Ideal: Civic Learning and Higher Education, Matthew Hartley and Elizabeth L. Hollander
SECTION IV: VISIONS AND POSSIBILITIES
12. Agency, Reciprocity, and Accountability in Democratic Education, Richard F. Elmore
13. Demographic Change and Democratic Education, Jennifer Hochschild and Nathan Scovronick
14. School Choice and the Democratic Ideal of Free Common Schools, Paul R. Dimond
AFTERWORD: Democratic Disagreement and Civic Education, Amy Gutmann