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ERIC Number: ED498118
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Pages: 44
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 32
Education for Democracy
Albert Shanker Institute
More than 15 years have passed since publication of "Education for Democracy: A Statement of Principles", in which perspective and encouragement were offered to teachers and schools to instill in students an attachment to democratic values and institutions. In the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001, this call is being renewed. Citing lack of knowledge of our past as Americans, deteriorating attitudes toward political involvement, and general moral confusion, the 145 signatories of this document note that individuals are not born democrats, but that students must be prepared to understand and value the heritage of a democratic tradition. Four essentials are proposed for schools and discussed: (1) Robust history/social studies curricula, starting in the elementary years and continuing though every year of schooling; (2) Full and honest teaching of the American story; (3) Unvarnished accounts of what life has been and is like in nondemocratic societies; and (4) Cultivation of the virtues essential to a healthy democracy. The document concludes with an reaffirmation of the signatories' belief in the American democratic republic, and a pledge to support to schools as recognized leaders in teaching students the knowledge, values and habits that will protect and extend this unique inheritance. (Contains 32 footnotes and 11 photographs.)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Albert Shanker Institute, Washington, DC
Identifiers - Location: United States