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Democracy's Midwife : An Education in Deliberation - Jack Crittenden

Democracy's Midwife

An Education in Deliberation

Paperback Published: 12th February 2002
ISBN: 9780739103296
Number Of Pages: 248

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The philosopher-educator John Dewey wrote that "Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife." In an America where every vote--though considered equally--counts for very little, Democracy's Midwife offers the vision of a new kind of democratic system: a deliberative democracy energized by an educated citizenry. Jack Crittenden's excellent new study looks behind the modern democratic rhetoric to reveal a system of government that excludes citizens from participating directly in decision-making. The book combines a thorough examination of the theoretical underpinnings of democratic education with radical solutions for the overhaul of a system of civic education dating back to the Founding Fathers. Democracy's Midwife is both a denunciation of an education system that has failed to prepare future citizens for participation in public life and a timely blueprint for the creation of a civic-minded electorate prepared for the responsibility of self-government.

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Educators and policymakers who care about the state of our democracy should read this book.--Alexander W. Astin, Allan M. Cartter Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles and Founding Director of the Higher Education R

Introductionp. 1
The Rise of Liberal Democracyp. 13
Liberalism and Autonomyp. 35
Autonomy and Deliberative Democracyp. 57
Civic Educationp. 83
Critical Thinking: The Core across the Curriculump. 119
Reform Schools: Implementing the Democratic Curriculump. 157
Epiloguep. 207
Bibliographyp. 223
Indexp. 241
About the Authorp. 249
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ISBN: 9780739103296
ISBN-10: 0739103296
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 12th February 2002
Publisher: Lexington Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.34  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.4