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The Fundamental Purpose Of Education Is Democracy

by Sean Kershaw - 2008

Our Minnesota Anniversary Project (MAP 150) agenda asks the question, “What can we learn from students that will help them stay motivated in school?” From that, you might conclude we’re assuming that education should be just about what the kids want—which isn’t our intent at all. But this question highlights two reasons why our current education debate is off the tracks. First, because students are an afterthought in the brick-throwing between opposing interest groups, and more importantly, because the debate ignores the primary purpose of education— democracy itself—which puts the involvement of these students in the right perspective.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 107, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 110 Number 14, 2008, p. 304-306
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 22921, Date Accessed: 5/21/2022 8:50:39 AM

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  • Sean Kershaw
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    Sean Kershaw is Executive Director of the Citizens League. He and his organization strive to create opportunities for civic leadership and active citizenship that will continue into the next generation. Based in Minnesota, the Citizens League has established a tradition, since its founding in the 1950s, of looking to citizens for solutions to address lapses of democracy in society. This essay was originally published in the December, 2006 issue of the Minnesota Journal. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author.
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