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I believe that making free K--12 education in a state supported system available to everyone is critically important to democracy, since well educated citizens are, as Jefferson put it, “the ultimate guardians of their own liberty." Such education should provide all students with equal opportunity to find their place in society based on their own interests and ability. It should give them tools to learn more efficiently, help them learn to get along with others, better understand the human experience / accumulated knowledge, select their own moral and political values, and ultimately to select good government leaders. As society grows technologically and ethically more complex, voters are increasingly asked to make decisions involving such complexities. Education should also prepare students for doing this.

Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries:

values advancing the common well-being, Public Interest

values Education

values Democracy  

supports Public Education

summary Wikipedia article: none

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 2131

Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 12

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Representative Democracy (from online encyclopedia)
Political Representation  (from online encyclopedia)
Inclusive Democracy (from online encyclopedia)
Participatory Democracy (from online encyclopedia)
Democracy Index (from online encyclopedia, based on index compiled by Economist Intelligence Unit)
Lobbying (from online encyclopedia)
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Democracy Around the World--Citizens With a Voice (from America. gov website)
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)
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)
"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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