New spring course–ED 298A: Democracy and Education

There are still spaces available in ED 298A: Democracy and Education for Spring 2020. The course meets MW 1-2:15. Taught by Kevin Murray, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Teaching and Learning.

This course serves as an introductory examination of the relationship between democracy and education. Many citizens, teachers, and scholars have argued that schools – from preschool to graduate school – play a central role in maintaining, enhancing, and defending democracy. But are they right? What is the role of schools in democratic society? What kind of schooling can cultivate effective democratic citizenship? Does the contemporary education system promote or undermine democracy? In any case, just what is democracy, and why should we value it? What does democracy have to say about how society should be organized? What does it have to say about how we should live and try to get along together? We will explore these questions and more, working collaboratively to build a critical understanding of democracy, education, and the link between the two. Sustained and thoughtful reflection about these questions seems especially important now, as many of us awaken to the fact that democracy is not guaranteed, but instead rather fragile, and threats to democracy and democratic education loom large.

For more information about the course feel free to contact Kevin directly (kjmurray@colby.edu).

Posted January 27 at 8:09 am
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