By Roger Soder
Subsidized by way of the Institute for tutorial InquiryHow are scholars going to operate successfully in a democratic society? This selection of unique essays outlines the severe position of our faculties in aiding create the stipulations precious for a democracy--and supporting create in scholars the features or tendencies serious to retaining a democracy.
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Many seeking solace are men and women who crossed the bridges from home to school and then to workplace, ultimately to become highly successful according to the narratives driving both sets of institutions. 33 Ms. Jones might be as strident as are some of her neighbors at a public meeting in expressing her view that the school is not doing an adequate job in the teaching of reading. Soder 1/25/01 9:07 AM Page 17 convergence 17 cern the following morning is whether her child is safe, known, and cared for in the local school.
In retrospect, our decision was a good one. But doubts hovered around contemplation of our work throughout the 1990s. 42 However, had the politically driven reform of teacher education been in high gear in the first half of the 1990s, as school reform had been during the second half of the 1980s, we probably would have experienced once more the time-andenergy-sapping frustration of reporting our findings to seemingly endless audiences of would-be reformers who closed their eyes, ears, and minds to our recommendations.
Ironically, the increasing dominance of economic purpose in the school’s mission has not restored its earlier luster. Panning for more gold flakes at the river’s edge, I am emboldened to hypothesize that the time for another sea change in the school’s mission is fast approaching. There are at least three harbingers. The first is a veritable outbreak of scholarly critique, much of it cited in succeeding chapters, that calls for the bolstering of our democracy and points to the role of education and schooling in this endeavor.
Developing Democratic Character in the Young by Roger Soder