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ERIC Number: ED439085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 16
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Democratic Education: A Historical and International Perspective.
Lin, Jing
This paper argues that to build and sustain a democracy, people must continue to review and learn from lessons that humanity has acquired. Historically they must look beyond their local communities and their own countries to see that democracy is still a struggle going on in other parts of the world, and sometimes it is a life and death struggle. Democratic education entails teaching students never to take their rights and freedoms for granted. The theory of democratic education was developed by John Dewey and elaborated on by Maxine Greene. To conduct democratic education from a historical perspective, one of the teacher's tasks is to reveal how socio-political systems, the mass media, and education can indoctrinate, justify, and reinforce oppression and cruelty. To present democratic education from an international perspective, students need to understand that: (1) contextually, people are living in a global village; (2) democracy means allowing multiple perspectives and listening to multiple voices; (3) comparison helps people to gain new perspectives; (4) comparison can shed light on present conditions and provide a vision for the daily struggle to improve society; and (5) comparison can familiarize people with and help them develop empathy, respect, and understanding toward others. (Contains 12 references.) (BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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