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ERIC Number: ED474165
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Pages: 41
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Democratic Miseducation: Preparing Students for Democracies That Do Not Exist.
Vaughan, Geoffrey M.
The political educator takes the perspective that, in Thomas Hobbes's phrase, "man is not born fit for society." To make him so fit, contemporary political educators seek to develop individual autonomy and democratic affect, which would have the added task of reforming all of society in the future. The current consensus holds that the best location for political education is the school. This paper argues that the school is an inappropriate location to play the tension between autonomy and affect because the age of students and the hidden curriculum threaten one or the other. The paper points out that empirical research does not support the consensus among political educators that a reform of society could be wrought through the school. It recommends, therefore, that educators explore the possibility of adult political education, teaching people to be citizens of the states they already have the right to reform. Includes nine notes. Contains 120 references. (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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