ERIC Number: ED050205
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Democratic Theory and Community Control: Community Issues, March 1969.
To say that community control is democratic means that such control is consistent with the ideas of the democratic tradition. Even so, participation is hampered by the "natural" apathy of people. But the fact of apathy has too little research as to its causes to be well understood; perhaps, apathy is a rational response to a society which discourages participation. Democracy is a theory which identifies itself with opposition to and protest against social justice. As to the question of educational expertise, the limits of expert authority are the limits of expert competence. Feed back from the community lets the experts know how expertise is serving the community. Too, there is a clear distinction between expertise, and the values which a community wishes its experts to follow. Finally, community control is an issue transcending any urban function, and is intimately involved with the demands of democratic theory. (Author/DM)
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Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, Flushing, NY. Inst. for Community Studies.