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ERIC Number: ED449048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 30
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Selling Democracy: Revisiting Rugg for the Next Millennium.
Riley, Karen L.; Stern, Barbara Slater
The selling of academic freedom, both on college campuses and in public schools, reflects a certain tension between liberal and conservative forces. Over half a century ago, Harold Rugg's writings, like his textbooks, looked at social problems and how they could be solved. Rugg fell victim to those academic silencers, or gatekeepers of democracy, who curiously chose to view his work as un-American. This paper explores two questions: Is teaching about social justice necessarily anti-American or anti-democratic? and How is the issue of academic freedom connected to the common understanding of democracy? The methods and techniques employed to answer these questions include an interpretation of background studies on Harold Rugg's work and ideas, and an overview of the issue of academic freedom. The paper explains an earlier study, "Shaping the Social Educator," based on California's Proposition 187, which asked to what extent preservice teachers viewed their role as that of the social educator. Considers the extent to which "reconstructionist thought" could be inculcated in preservice teachers across all disciplines and grade levels in the foundations of education course work. (Contains 66 references.) (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Proposition 187 (California 1994)