Preparing for Citizenship: Teaching Youth to Live Democratically

Preparing for Citizenship: Teaching Youth to Live Democratically

ISBN-10:
0275950964
ISBN-13:
9780275950965
Pub. Date:
10/28/1994
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
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Overview

Preparing for Citizenship: Teaching Youth to Live Democratically

Understanding democracy, learning to be democratic and to value democracy are critical competencies to be developed by all Americans. In the present debate about what knowledge is of most worth in the public school, these civic competencies are seen as second in importance only to the development of critical thinking. They are typically, however, honored more in commencement rhetoric than in school programs or practices; their actualization falls far short of their ascribed importance. The authors argue that critical opportunities for democratic development occur in the day-to-day life of the schools. It follows that all grade levels should participate in the creation of the "constitution" of the school and classrooms, the justice structure of the school (its disciplinary code, norms, and adjudication), the policy-making of the school, and in the understanding of the school as a social laboratory. The authors demonstrate the effectiveness of such a program by reporting some two decades of applied research on democratic schools which have realized some of these outcomes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275950965
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/28/1994
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile: 1270L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Democracy in a New Hampshire School: Applied Citizenship Education

Education in a Democracy

The Student as Citizen: Politics and Development

The School Within a School: A Democratic High School Comes of Age

Democratic Governance at a Large, Diverse High School: The Brookline Experience

The Question of Representation in a Democratic School

Taking Part: Democracy in the Elementary School by Ethel Sadowsky

Education for Democracy and Full Human Competence

Appendix A: School Government: The Council

Appendix B: The Brookline High School Town Meeting

Appendix C: Some Proposals Addresssed by Town Meetings

Bibliography

Index

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