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Flunking DemocracySchools, Courts, and Civic Participation$
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Michael A. Rebell

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226549781

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226549958.001.0001

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Education for Civic Participation in the Twenty-First Century

Education for Civic Participation in the Twenty-First Century

(p.98) Chapter Five Education for Civic Participation in the Twenty-First Century
Flunking Democracy

Michael A. Rebell

University of Chicago Press

This chapter advances specific proposals for carrying out the reforms that are necessary for schools to properly prepare students for civic participation. Schools need to offer all students civics and social studies classes that convey a deep understanding of how governmental institutions actually function. In addition, students need access to a broad, humanistic curriculum, a full range of extracurricular activities, and involvement in community service experiences. Teachers must help their students develop critical analytic skills and democratic values. The chapter also set forth specific examples of model policies and practices that some schools have implemented such as instructing students on how to deliberate respectfully with others on controversial issues and how to apply critical analysis to their use of the internet and social media.

Keywords:   media literacy, community service, teaching controversy, democratic deliberation, verbal empowerment, deliberative democracy, civic values, patriotism

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