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ERIC Number: EJ1157633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0160-7561
Paradox and Complexity
Covaleskie, John
Philosophical Studies in Education, v48 p55-64 2017
In this article, John Covaleskie briefly sketches a set of interlocking propositions about democratic education. First, he argues that "democratic life places moral demands on those who hold the office of citizen": democratic citizenship requires a certain degree of particular virtues, where virtue requires the development of both disposition and skill. Virtue is not just a matter of doing the right thing, but doing so in the right way, in the appropriate circumstances, and for the right reasons. Second, Covaleskie argues that "democratic education is a communal activity." He goes on to say that becoming moral is just to become a member of a morally normative community; it is certainly an individual event, but it is also--and no less--a communal achievement. The third section of the argument notes that "diversity and tolerance are essential elements of any democratic polity": without real and robust diversity, and without real and widespread tolerance, no polity can be democratic. However, Covaleskie says, beyond some point, diversity can also create problems for democratic life, and, therefore, so can tolerance. The fourth and final section argues that, "though intolerance is a real problem, too much tolerance is also a danger to democracy." When tolerance is a goal in itself, it becomes difficult to respond appropriately to that which is intolerable. A democratic polity can be undone when its reversion to procedures and rules empties sanctions of moral authority and force.
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Language: English
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