ERIC Number: ED472003
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Dec-9
Ten Trends in Education for Democracy in America.
Patrick, John J.
Leaders of nascent democracies, such as Lithuania, quickly understood that effective civic education is indispensable to the establishment, maintenance, and improvement of their institutions of government and civil society. They readily turned to civic educators in the United States, the world's oldest democracy, for advice about how to prepare children to be competent citizens. Interactions of U.S. civic educators with educators in newer democracies have stimulated renewal and reform of education for democracy in the United States. This paper identifies 10 trends in education for democracy in the United States, including systematic emphasis on the teaching and learning of the core concepts in the theory of democracy, systematic development of decision-making skills, encouragement of students to participate in extracurricular activities conducive to education for democratic citizenship, and the establishment and maintenance of an ethos of democracy in the school. The 10 trends provide a brief overview of practices in civics that are strongly recommended by leaders and reformers of education for democracy in the United States. (BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the International Symposium on the Importance of Civic Education for Positive Socialization in Society (Vilnius, Lithuania, December 9, 2002).