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ERIC Number: EJ940612
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
The Two Rivers of Public Education: Why Our Representative Democracy Relies on Both Individualism and Community to Be Delivered through Its Public Schools
Draayer, Donald
School Administrator, v68 n7 p32-37 Aug 2011
America is blessed with two river systems that feed and nourish the country by their periodic flooding. One mighty river is "individualism" (the entrepreneurial drive to advance and make a difference). The other river is "community" (wherein communal interests strengthen the whole community over the parts). Monitoring and regulating these two watersheds is "representative democracy." These three strands protect and strengthen the American economic, social and political structure. They tie together the fundamentals at the core of the country. In this article, the author explains why representative democracy relies on both individualism and community to be delivered through its public schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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