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ERIC Number: EJ962070
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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ISSN: ISSN-0145-9635
The Revolution Starts Now: Why It Is Time to Reclaim Education's Connection to Our Democracy
Coleman, Elizabeth
Independent School, v71 n1 Fall 2011
This author contends that, during the past decade, people have witnessed escalating crises in the most vital areas of their public life, including: (1) a relentless acceleration in the awesome failure to effectively educate vast numbers of the young; (2) a no-less-relentless increase in the spectacular inequities in the distribution of wealth; (3) an extraordinary timidity, to put it politely, in the approach to providing health care; (4) a growing incapacity to discuss, much less confront, the potential of global warming to upend human civilization itself; (5) an assault on the principles that define people (the rule of law, the separation of powers, the relationship between church and state); (6) a disconcerting predilection for the uses of force despite overwhelming evidence of its limitations; and (7) a squandering of the material and ethical resources in less than a decade that defies credulity. And at a time when clarity of thought, respect for evidence, and appreciation for complexity is especially critical, the sensationalism of the media--the other major educational institution in society--continues undiminished. There is no more damning evidence of the failure of education in this country than the quality of what the public craves or tolerates in its media. Yet, despite the tumult in the world, business as usual continues unabated within the academic establishment--most particularly, the higher education establishment. Equally disconcerting is the failure everywhere, both within the academy itself and beyond, to draw any connections between what is happening in public life and what is happening in educational institutions. Education may be at the top of the list in the public's mind when it comes to influencing access to personal wealth, but it is not even on the list when it comes to responsibility for the health of the democracy. In this article, the author discusses why it is time to reclaim education's connection to democracy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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