Developing Democratic Character in the Young by Roger Soder

By Roger Soder

Backed through the Institute for academic InquiryHow are scholars going to operate successfully in a democratic society? This selection of unique essays outlines the severe position of our colleges in supporting create the stipulations important for a democracy--and supporting create in scholars the features or tendencies severe to keeping a democracy.

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There usually is a readiness for the arts in schooling when the soft-and-tender is in fashion, but parental support is likely to be more forthcoming when the teaching of reading and mathematics appears to be in good shape. The end of the dominant educational narrative is near once its dominance begins to be celebrated. Consequently, one must be careful in anticipating the demise of what is now dominant. At the time of this writing, there is a convergence of economic instrumentalism and what is commonly referred to as the standards/testing/ accountability movement in school purpose and practice.

26 He is skeptical of his critics’ contention that new genres of socializing, as through electronic media, are adequate substitutions for face-to-face gatherings. Soder 14 1/25/01 9:07 AM Page 14 developing democratic character in the young The Worldwatch Institute provides a sweeping inventory of decline in the natural resources and diversity of flora and fauna in our habitat and a frightening diagnosis of the case for recovery, much of it already lost: The overriding challenges facing our global civilization as the new century begins are to stabilize climate and stabilize population.

Robert W. McChesney, Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1999). 23. Martin Buber, “The Education of Character,” in his Between Man and Man (New York: Macmillan, 1965). 24. Donna H.

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