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ERIC Number: EJ1008364
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1740-2743
Democracy in the Global World; From Dewey's Educational Aims for Social Efficiency to Educating a Global Mind
Samoukovic, Biljana
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v11 n2 p57-81 Mar 2013
I am examining the state of democracy and education in current circumstances of global race of the superpowers for military and economic domination--race that creates impoverished nations, impoverished markets and dysfunctional educational systems. What Dewey foresaw and termed in the early 20th century as an annihilation of space is today's unprecedented mobility of people and goods, but not under the rule of free market and fair trade; what is taking place under the pretext of "democratization" of "non-democratic nations" bears many key characteristics of the first colonial conquests--pushing the world into a greater poverty and intensifying ethnic and national conflicts. With growing precariousness of life world-wide more unity, primarily among educators, could empower them to become leading agents of social change and progress, in the process democratizing and transforming the education itself. Educational aim is a freeing activity in Deweyan sense, but an activity that now needs to transcend the national borders, the same way a global mind that I discuss transcends cultural differences. We are initiated into a culture, but our human condition necessitates also a deviation from it. Progressive educators will thus have to abandon rhetoric of patriotism and recognize that they are united under the common goal to preserve education as a public service and to preserve human development in and through education. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Language: English
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