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I like the feedback that well-educated citizens provide elected officials in a democracy with their votes. I don't think this will work without them, as they're, as Jefferson put it,  “ultimate guardians of their own liberty." So… free K12 state supported education for all should promote 1) skills to make valued workers, and lifelong learners / critical thinkers, 2) people skills / community values, 3) understanding of technologically and ethically complex issues they may one day vote on, and 4) their ability to ultimately select good leaders.

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the theme is paired with: #20B Authoritarian Follower to make Choice #29    in the Choices We Make cards 

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Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs
Worldview Watch  #74, posted 10/31/2023  Groupthink, Democracy, and  the new House Speaker's Worldview
Worldview Watch #72, posted 12/15/2022 Democracy, Citizen Assemblies, and the US Supreme Court 
Worldview Watch #71, posted 7/10/2022 July 4th in America, Freedom, and Offering the Supreme Court Help
Worldview Watch issue #69, posted 10/14/2021  Suggestibility, Alien Abductions, and Democracy Worldview Watch issue #67 posted 5 /5/ 2021   Big Lies Can Have Big Consequences
Worldview Watch #62, posted 12/19/2019 The Sad State of American Democracy Worldview Watch #54 Russian and Greedy Individual Threats to American Democracy 
Worldview Watch #53 America: Toward a More Perfect Union or Winner Takes All?  Worldview Watch issue #49, posted 7/8/2016: Venting Frustration at the Slow Pace of Change—with Guns, with Votes
Worldview Watch issue #48, posted 3/04/2016 How what Trump is saying resonates with the worldview of those who vote for him Worldview Watch issue #45, posted 7/29/2015 Confucius, Singapore, China, and Political Meritocracy 
Worldview Watch issue #40,  Scotland, the UK and Independence Referendums Worldview Watch issue #33: Violence, Women, and Illiberal Democracy in Egypt
Worldview Watch issue #32: Authoritarianism vs. Democracy in Turkey Worldview Watch issue #21: Yes to Democracy, No to Greed
Worldview Watch issue #16: Democracy and Revolution in Africa  Worldview Watch issue #6: Overcoming Political Gridlock
Worldview Watch issue #4: Democracy vs. Authoritarianism  

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

Democracy   Public Education Public Interest
Education Philosophy of Education Representative Democracy
Lobbying critical thinking Political Representation 
Democracy Index Inclusive Democracy Participatory Democracy
Taxonomy of Educational Objectives citizenship education  character education

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#4 Spreading Disinformation /Tactical Deception #9A   Religious Fundamentalism  #9B  Simply In God's Hands: Apocalypticism #11A  Fatalism  
#15   The Group Think Imperative #20A   Elitism    #36A Cynicism #36B  Conspiracies
#101B Mind Narrowly Focused    

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #31:  Education for Democracy

Democracy Around the World--Citizens With a Voice (from America. gov website)
Citizen University ("We spread the belief that a strong democracy depends on strong citizens")
The Democracy Collaborative ("a research and development lab for the democratic economy")
The Next System Project aimed at bold thinking and action to address the systemic challenges the United States democracy faces 
Public School Shakedown (Progressive magazine backed website launched in August 2013 dedicated to protecting USA public schools)

Democracy for Realists by Chris Achen and Larry Bartels (discussion of this 2017 book by Princeton professor and Vanderbilt professor) 

Bills, Quills, and Stills: An Annotated, Illustrated, and Illuminated History of the Bill of Rights  by Robert McWhirter (more on this 2015 book)
Democracy's Education edited by H. Boyte (more on this 2015 book)
From Dictatorship to Democracy by Gene Sharp (102 page 4th edition free online pdf of this May 2010 book)
Making Democracy Work by Stephen Breyer (Sept 2010 NY Times review of book by USA Supreme Court Justice)
Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence by D. Goleman, L. Bennett, Z. Barlow (more on this 2005 book)
Rude Democracy: Civility and Incivility in American Politics by Susan Herbst (read excerpts at Google Books)
from Principles of Democracy: chapter 21 "Education and Democracy" (2005 online book from US State Dept) 
An American Imperative: Public Education (on The Center for Public Education website)
Groundwork--Democracy Close to Home (stories of six communities across USA wrestling with various issues)
Democratic Education, by Amy Gutmann (more about this 1999 book from Princeton University Press)
"Democracy and the Evolution of Societal Intelligence" by Tom Atlee (essay posted on the Co-Intelligence website)
Educating for Democracy by Anthony Conwright (article in Learning for Justice issue #5 fall 2023)
Tyranny of the Minority--Why American Democracy Reached A Breaking Point by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Zimblatt (book review from Kirkus Reviews October 2023)
The Death of Public School by Cara Fitzpatrick (book review Kirkus Books August 22 2023)
"Journalism Is a Public Good and Should Be Publicly Funded" by Patrick Walters (on Scientific American website, posted August 4 2023)
Why we can't solve the climate crisis without schools — and teachers by Sammy Roth (from LA Times Mar 2 2023)
Voting Laws--voter fraud made easier (supposed fixes make things worse according to report from The Economist March 11 2023)
A majority of GOP nominees — 299 in all — deny the 2020 election results by Amy Gardner (from The Washington Post Oct 12 2022)
"Free speech is essential for democracy. Could it also be democracy’s downfall?" by Sean Iilling and Margaret Sullivan (from Vox July 31 2022)
"America’s Self-Obsession Is Killing Its Democracy" by Brian Klass (from The Atlantic July 21 2022)
“Worried about democracy? Pay attention to the states” by Albert Hunt (opinion piece posted on The Hill March 27 2022)  
Our future as humanity is in peril': UNESCO report says education should focus on these 4 problems by Abigail J. Hess (CNBC Nov 11 2021  report)
"Why is so little known about the 1930s coup attempt against FDR?" By Sally Denton (from January 11 2022  The Guardian)
Walking away: The Republican Party and democracy (cover story from The Economist January 1 2022)
"ABC’s Jonathan Karl Issues Stark Warning About Covering Trump 2024" (from Huff Post November 2021)
"Ex-aide to Bush issues dire warning about Trump" (interview w/ Michael Gerson, re: US democracy at risk, on CNN October 13 2021)
“Elections: The Real Risk to America’s Democracy” (report from The Economist July 3 2021)
A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door (book review by Peter Greene for Forbes Nov 28 2020)
"Deliberative Democracy / Citizen Assemblies" (article from The Economist September 19 2020)
The Twilight of Democracy by Anne Applebaum  (book about populism and democracy, review from The Economist July 11 2020  )
Report on The Practice of Democratic Citizenship (American Academy of Arts & Sciences Commission  report released June 2020)
Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America's Elections (HBO documentary released March 2020 / watch on youtube)
"Democracy in Japan: Yawning in the Face of Danger"  (article in The Economist July 26 2019)
“1 In 4 Americans Say Parents Should Get To Decide If Kids Are Vaccinated: Poll” by Nick Visser   (report from Huff Post  May 7 2019)
How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt (book review by Nick Cohen The Guardian  Jan 8 2018)

"Addicted to Reform : A 12 Step Program to Rescue Public Education" by John Merrow (report on this by John Thompson Oct 1 2017 Huffington Post)

"In ‘The Retreat of Western Liberalism’ How Democracy Is Defeating Itself" by M. Kakutani (June 19 2017 NY Times book review)
“Hacking Democracy: Inside Russia’s Social Media War on America” by Massimo Calabresi (in Time May 29 2017)
School Reform (report with international perspective from The Economist August 27 2016)
Report about African democracy (from The Economist August 20 2016)
"Free Exchange: Compulsory Voting" (article from The Economist May 28 2016)
"The $1-a-week School" (article about for profit education in the developing world from The Economist August 1, 2015
"The World is Going to University"  (leader article for special section on higher education in The Economist March 28 2015)
"Education and Religion: Falling Away" (report on how education makes people less religious from The Economist Oct11 2014)
"What's Gone Wrong With Democracy" (cover story essay from The Economist March 1 2014)
"Dollarocracy" by John Nichols and Robert McChesney (article from The Nation Sep 30 2013 based on similarly titled book)
"Participatory Politics--Processing Power" (article re feedback to politicians via the internet, The Economist Mar 30 2013)
The Benefits of Character Education-- What I learned from teaching at a "core virtues" school by Jessica Lahey (story in The Atlantic May 6, 2013)
"Noncognitive Measures: The Academic Trend That Could Change Everything" (Feb  4 2013 post on Education Database Online blog)
"Citizen Law Making: Government by (all) the People" (from The Economist October 29 2011)
"The Failure of American Schools" by Joel Klein (in June 2011 issue of The Atlantic) 
"Lessons from California: The Perils of Extreme Democracy" (The Economist Apr 20 2011 cover story)
"Don't Let Ignorant People Vote" by LZ Granderson (posted on CNN Opinion, April 12, 2011)
"World's Top Democratic Governments," by Curtis Wong (Dec 14 2010 article on The Huffington Post)
"The Best Laws Money Can Buy" by Steven Brill (cover story, Time July 12 2010)
"Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction" by Chris Hedges (Jan 2010 article from NY Times correspondent)
"Crying for Freedom: Democracy's Decline" (article in The Economist,  January16-22  2010 issue)
"How to Raise the Standard in American Schools,", by Walter Issacson (article in Time April 27, 2009)
"Logging on to the Ivy League," by Andrea Ford  (article in Time April 27, 2009)
“The public good: knowledge as the foundation for a democratic society” by Don Michael Randel  ( in Winter 2009 issue of Daedalus)
"How to Make Great Teachers," by Claudia Wallis (cover story, Time February 25 2008)
"How to Fix No Child Left Behind," by C.Wallis and S. Steptoe (cover story, Time June 4 2007)
Democracy in the Workplace, by Traci Fenton (Aug 2006 article from CSM)
Education Issues--Most popular Programs (dozens of UCTV programs on this topic)
Khan Academy (offers over 2700 free videos on all topics, emphasis on math & science)
Free Online Courses and Education (Education Portal website)
Affordable Colleges Online   (guides and information)
Online College Classes (website with links to free classes, textbooks, ebooks, etc. )
Academic Earth ("thousands of video lectures from the world's top scholars")
The Concept of Citizenship in Education for Democracy (from ERIC Digest)
Education for Democracy (from the encyclopedia for informal education, good bibliography)
Education for Democracy -- Statement of Principles (from Albert Shanker Institute)
Citizenship Education for Democracy in the 21st Century (1998 Canadian report)
Education, Democracy, and the Public Good (ch. 4 of a book by Ed D'Angelo on public libraries)
The National Center for Science Education ("working to keep evolution and climate science in public school science education")
Center for Deliberative Democracy (at Stanford, "devoted to research about democracy and public opinion"
The Forum for Education and Democracy
Foundation for Education for Democracy
Experience, Education, and Democracy, by Ziniewicz
Education and Democracy Homepage
ERIC -- Education Resources Information Center

US Dept. of Education Homepage

Guide to US Dept. of Education Programs & Resources
National Education Association
Character Education Partnership (goal: developing "people of good character for a just and compassionate society")
draft statement from UNESCO conference on Science Education
The League of Women Voters
Public Policy Institute of California ("informing and improving public policy through independent nonpartisan research")
Links on the Philosophy of Liberal Education
Democracy and Education by John Dewey (the classic 1916 book, online) 
Liberal Education and American Schooling  (1997 Ph.D. dissertation, by Thomas McCambridge, UCLA)
Philosophy of Education Society
Center for Democracy and Technology ("working for democratic values in a digital age)
Global Educator (offers an extensive collection of peer reviewed articles for global educators)
National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA) (position statement on Science/ Technology / Society (STS) education)
The Freedom From Religion Foundation (working to keep church and state separate)
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