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Zembylas, Michalinos – Democracy & Education, 2018
This is a response to Ásgeir Tryggvason's argument that the deliberative critique of the agonistic approach to citizenship education is based on a misreading of the main concepts in agonistic theory--a misreading that has important implications for any attempt to bring closer agonism and deliberation in citizenship education. My aim in this…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Debate, Politics, Citizenship Education
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Kazemi, Elham – Democracy & Education, 2018
In this response to Kalenic-Craig's (2017) article, "The Rights of the Learner: A Framework For Promoting Equity through Dynamic Formative Assessment," I consider what implications the RotL framework has for the work that teachers and students must do in learning environments where these rights flourish. The RoTL emphasizes student…
Descriptors: Student Rights, Mathematics Education, Formative Evaluation, Equal Education
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Neem, Johann N. – Democracy & Education, 2018
The Common Core does not advance democratic education. Far from it, the opening section of the language standards argues that the goal of public K-12 education is "college and career readiness." Only at the end of their introductory section do the Common Core's authors suggest that K-12 education has any goals beyond the economic:…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Democracy, Democratic Values, Elementary Secondary Education
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Levine, Peter – Democracy & Education, 2018
The work of Crocco and her colleagues, "Deliberating Public Policy Issues with Adolescents," combines two important fields--deliberative democracy and discussion as a pedagogy--with a study of policy deliberations in three classrooms. Their article yields valuable insights. As the authors note, the results are disappointing. This may be…
Descriptors: Democracy, Simulation, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Citizenship
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Thomas-Reid, Matthew – Democracy & Education, 2018
First, I review the context for the need of new deliberative models, specifically agonistic deliberative models, for public discourse and for use in training students for public discourse. I then highlight five specific points that I trouble and enrich, principally through the work of Giroux, Arendt, Biesta, and Duarte. While I agree that there is…
Descriptors: Democracy, Models, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Citizenship Education