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The Students are Listening: Elementary Education’s Responsibility to Young Citizens Beyond the Rituals of Democratic Citizenship


by Kathryn M. Obenchain, Julie L. Pennington, Melissa Bedford, Hannah Carter & MaryLiz Magee — October 12, 2016

The purpose of this commentary is to reiterate our responsibility to educate our young citizens in ways that go beyond rituals and classroom walls. Our argument rests on the notion of bringing critical democratic literacy into elementary classrooms through examples of how students are thinking about the current election.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 12, 2016
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 21680, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 3:23:24 AM

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  • Kathryn Obenchain
    Purdue University
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    KATHRYN OBENCHAIN is an associate professor for Social Studies Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Purdue University.
  • Julie Pennington
    University of Nevada, Reno
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  • Melissa Bedford
    University of Nevada, Reno
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  • Hannah Carter
    University of Nevada, Reno
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  • MaryLiz Magee

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