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Author Sehr, David T., 1958-

Title Education for public democracy / David T. Sehr.

Published Albany : State University of New York Press, c1997.


Physical description x, 195 p. ; 24 cm.
Series SUNY series, democracy and education
SUNY series, teacher empowerment and school reform
Teacher empowerment and school reform
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 181-189) and index.
Contents Pt. I. American Democracy: Privatized or Public? 1. Democratic Ideology, Hegemony and Education. 2. Ideological Roots of Privatized and Public Democracy: Contrasting Locke and the Federalist with Rousseau and Jefferson. 3. Privatized Democracy: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Ideology and Practice. 4. Public Democracy. 5. Education for Public Democratic Citizenship. Pt. II. Democratic Education? Tales from Two Schools -- 6. Structure and Organization of Two Democratic High Schools -- 7. Curriculum and Pedagogy in Two Democratic High Schools -- 8. Promoting Public Democratic Citizenship: Student Responses to School Programs -- 9. In Search of Public Democratic Education.
Summary Education for Public Democracy identifies two competing traditions of American democracy and citizenship: a dominant; privately-oriented citizenship tradition and an alternative tradition of public democratic citizenship. Based on the second tradition; public democracy, the author outlines a set of qualities an effective democratic citizen must possess, as well as a number of ideal school practices that promote these qualities in young people. This discussion provides a framework for analyzing two democratic urban alternative high schools. The book provides an essential bridge between democratic theory and promising school practices that promote public democratic citizenship. Its insights will be indispensable to teachers, school administrators, teacher educators, and theorists who seek to recreate American education in the service of a revitalized democracy.
Subject Critical pedagogy -- United States.
Education -- United States -- Philosophy -- History.
Democracy -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- United States.
ISBN 0791431673 (alk. paper)
0791431681 (pbk. : alk. paper)