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Sunday, October 16, 2011
Education for Democracy is Patriotic
The more-than-adequate financial support of public education is an expression of democracy. Unfortunately, public education is under-funded. Teachers need to balance defense of the profession (How can we manage budget cuts?) with advocacy for students (How can we ensure smaller class size, for starters?*).
What can we do to help advance the idea of public education as a foundation for our democracy (assuming we agree)?
CLICK ON THE GRAPHIC below for an clearer image that helps me visualize the relationship between democracy and education. Comments/suggestions welcome. [* The graphic was designed to map the US Department of Education's emphasis on "college" and "career" as sub-sets of critical and creative thinking. As Gretel points out in the comments below, critical and creative thinking are life-skills that exceed college and career. I agree. GDS - 10-18-2013.]
* What are some features of adequately-funded democratic education? See subsequent post.