Democratic Education Leading to Democratic Communities

An education that generates a democratic community is created once an atmosphere of learning meets in collaboration with the structural design of society. This carefully constructed education, according to John Dewey, is said to be the most idealist and yet the most common form of education that can and does produce a large quantity of democratic communities. Dewey explains in “The Democratic Conception in Education” that in order to produce a democratic community, individuals must be taught to understand social ideology and “educational criticism” to further grasp working with and collaborating with a large, diverse group of individuals that have differing strengths and weaknesses. Dewey explains that a “…greater reliance upon the recognition of mutual interests” alongside “…continuous readjustment through meeting the new situations produced by varied intercourse” of a diverse populous mimicking, what we as Americans consider, the structure foundation of our federal government and its governing procedures. In short, an education that helps students to learn more about themselves as individuals and strengthen their talents while still adhering to the fundamental foundation in which social interaction is rooted can be considered a democratic education. Our nation’s educational structures in essence are democratic institutions that craft and shape democratic individuals therefore producing largely democratic communities that focus on learning from the past to build a brighter future for the next generation of students and community members.

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