Democracy in Education

A democratic community is defined to have two elements; “the first signifies not only more numerous and more varied points of shared common interest, but greater reliance upon the recognition of mutual interests as a factor in social control, [and] the second means not only freer interaction between social groups but change in social habit—its continuous readjustment through meeting the new situations produced by varied intercourse” (Dewey).

Prior to reading the articles, I did not think to relate education and democracy together; however, once I read the articles, I believe that a progressive education generates a democratic community. A progressive education incorporates different opinions and allows the student to choose for himself/herself rather than giving a biased fact that will dictate the way the students think. A student should be able to examine and analyze all views and points before deciding for himself/herself what she thinks and supports. In addition, the second element is also present in that the community is always changing in a ways because there are new issues that arise, but students are still able to discuss and argue in an amicable and nurturing environment. Controversial issues such as those regarding feminism or education rights or others are calmly discussed and students are able to learn from each other because although they may have differing opinions, they are still able to come together and create a peaceful compromise or solution to the issue. This kind of education helps shape students for the real world rather than making them narrow-minded because it allows them to intake information and communicate with others efficiently so that progress and change could be made.   

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