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Education and Democracy

Democracy and education are twin institutions. How does education help in propagating the philosophy of democracy and how does democracy, in turn, affects the educational institutiton in a country. The interrelationship of education and democracy is best discussed in the philosophy of education of Dewey which is integrated in this term paper.

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“Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens,” thus commented by William Henry Beveridge (1897–1963). Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right. . . and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, and indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge.
At the heart of a democratic society is the ability of citizens to participate. This in turn depends not merely on the rights formally afforded by law, but on citizens' access to tools -- in our age, increasingly these are informational as well as legal -- and their capacity to ...

... groups can reach an informal consensus or accommodation through debate and compromise. These processes have the added benefit of building the trust necessary to resolve future problems. "Coalition-building," Diane Ravitch observes, "is the essence of democratic action. It teaches interest groups to negotiate with others, to compromise and to work within the constitutional system. By working to establish coalition, groups with differences learn how to argue peaceably, how to pursue their goals in a democratic manner, and ultimately how to live in a world of diversity." Democracy is not a set of revealed, unchanging truths but the mechanism by which, through the clash and compromise of ideas, individuals and institutions, the people can, however imperfectly, reach for truth. Democracy is pragmatic. Ideas and solutions to problems are not tested against a rigid ideology but tried in the real world where they can be argued over and changed, accepted or discarded. Self-government cannot protect against mistakes, end ethnic strife, or guarantee economic prosperity. It does, however, allow for the debate and examination that can identify mistakes, permit groups to meet and resolve differences, and offer opportunities for innovation and investment that are the engines of economic growth.
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rida a.

nice...........quite informative..........buta bit too lengthy though..

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