ERIC Number: ED375042
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Foundations of Democracy: Authority, Privacy, Responsibility, and Justice. Law in a Free Society Series. Level V. Student Text. Revised Edition.
Richard, Theresa M., Ed.
This curriculum is organized around four concepts--authority, privacy, responsibility, and justice--which form part of the common core of civic values and concepts that are fundamental to the theory and practice of democratic citizenship in the United States. Rather than focusing on facts and dates, the curriculum challenges students to think for themselves, to develop reasoned positions, and to articulate and defend their views. By raising issues over the authority of police, teachers and principals, the volume calls on students to question the benefits, costs, and limits of authority and privacy. The textbook also raises questions about how competing responsibilities should be resolved and about the various forms of justice, including distributive, corrective, and procedural justice. Each chapter provides concrete conflicts covering such areas as sporting competitions, locker rooms, computers, and drunk driving, followed by critical thinking exercises requiring students to identify and debate the competing interests. To provide students with an analytical framework for debating the issues, the textbook explains the use of intellectual tools that help students think critically, such as, for example, indentifying the claims for privacy, the relevant considerations, and alternative solutions. (JD)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, Democracy, Instructional Materials, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Justice, Law Related Education, Middle Schools, Privacy, Responsibility, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, United States History
Center for Civic Education, 5146 Douglas Fir Road, Calabasas, CA 91302.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, CA.