ERIC Number: ED403205
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Community and Individuality in Civic Education for Democracy.
Patrick, John J.
The interactions of individuality and community in a democratic republic have remained the great object of civic inquiries, the perplexing civic problem throughout the more than 200 years of U.S. constitutional history. This paper argues that this inquiry should be at the center of civic education today. Five recommendations for civic educators to meet this challenge include: (1) teach the analysis and appraisal of public issues about community and individuality and emphasize those issues that have been landmarks of public debate in U.S. history; (2) teach comparatively and internationally about public issues pertaining to community and individuality in different constitutional democracies of the world; (3) conduct the classroom and the school in a manner that exemplifies the conjoining of community and individuality in a democratic civic culture; (4) use service learning in the community outside the school to teach civic virtues and skills needed to conjoin community and individuality in civic life; and (5) teach civic knowledge, skills, and virtues that constitute a common core of learning by which to maintain the culture of a community and coterminously teach individuals to think critically for the purposes of freeing themselves from unworthy traditions and to seek improvement of the community. (Contains 14 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizen Role, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Civics, Community, Community Role, Curriculum Development, Democracy, Democratic Values, Educational Objectives, Higher Education, Individualism, Political Attitudes, Public Affairs Education, Secondary Education, Service Learning, Student Participation, Teaching Guides, United States Government (Course)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Individualism and Community in a Democratic Society (Washington, DC, October 6-11, 1996).