ERIC Number: EJ884015
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Educating for Democracy: Teaching "Australian Values"
Gare, Arran Emrys
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v42 n4 p424-437 Jun 2010
Towards the end of the 19th century there was a revival of the struggle for democracy throughout the world. The formation of Australia as a federation embodied this commitment, a commitment subsequently abandoned. The impetus for public education in Australia came from its commitment to democracy, inspired by the British Idealists. If the people of a country are to be its governors, these philosophers argued, they must be educated to be governors. Taking this injunction seriously, I will argue that the history of the struggle for democracy should be central to education, taught in such a way that students are able to appreciate what this commitment to democracy means. Taking Australia as a model, I will argue that this implies that the young be educated so that they define themselves in relation to the vision of a democratic society and see themselves as historical actors responsible for the future of their country and the future of humanity.
Descriptors: Democracy, Foreign Countries, Public Education, Educational History, Citizenship Education, Values Education, Democratic Values, Educational Philosophy, Role of Education, Educational Environment, Educational Principles, Educational Policy, Political Socialization
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia