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ERIC Number: EJ758926
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Adult Education and the Home Front
Newman, Michael
Adults Learning, v18 n7 p8-11 Mar 2007
In his book entitled "Teaching Defiance: Stories and strategies for activist educators," this author asserted that, although his book was not a discussion of the Iraq war, it was concerned with the way the war has been "waged" in the countries of the three invaders: the USA, the UK and Australia. For him, the fact that each government disregarded the will of so many of its citizens marked a significant change. When governments disregard the protests of the people who elected them, adult educators--like all concerned people--have a duty to promote public dialogue between citizens and their leaders. The author believes that adult educators should make use of whatever skills they have to help re-establish a democracy constructed on open, frank and continuing public dialogue between the citizens and their elected leaders. This article discusses the skills that are needed to engage in dialogue with the leaders: (1) making appraisals; (2) thinking clearly; (3) thinking inventively; (4) taking action; and (5) acting wisely.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Iraq