ERIC Number: EJ820392
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Dilemmas of Democratic Thought for Educational Leadership: Considerations of Social Justice Scholarship
Pryor, Caroline R.
Teacher Development, v12 n4 p279-288 Nov 2008
Efforts to include democratic ideals in public education are not new. However, current leadership efforts to foster these ideals within a PK-12 curriculum are often fruitless, partly because of a lack of common definition or perceived benefit. What exactly is meant when we suggest that educational leaders advocate teaching about democracy in our schools? First, it is important to teach about the history and values of a democratic society. Second, because students learn about democratic principles in the environment in which they live and work, we must examine the debates in philosophical thought foundational to educational decisions. The author proposes commonly understood definitions of democratic ideas and their perceived benefit to the long-term vibrancy of American education.
Descriptors: Social Justice, Democracy, Instructional Leadership, Public Education, Democratic Values, Citizenship Education, Educational Principles, Educational Philosophy, Intellectual History, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Expository Writing
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A