ERIC Number: ED472002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Dec-5
Essential Elements of Education for Democracy.
Patrick, John J.
During the last quarter of the 20th century, a global surge of democracy has transformed international relations and inspired people in places throughout the world. The current and continuing wave of democracy in the governments of nation-states has brought about a correspondingly strong surge of education for democracy. This rising tide of international interest in education for democracy has stimulated fresh thinking about education for democracy in the United States. What is a good education for democracy? What are the essential elements of an education in schools that would prepare students to be good citizens of a democracy? This paper presents and explains seven essential elements of education for democracy in schools. The long and difficult road from totalitarian dictatorship to democracy and liberty reminds people that the transition from one political system to another, and the subsequent consolidation of it, is never easy and quick. Through a good education for democracy in schools, students learn that the future success of their government and civil society depends ultimately on citizens themselves. (Contains 12 references.) (BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Social Education in a Democracy (Riga, Latvia, December 5, 2002).