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The Last Best Hope: A Democracy Reader

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The Last Best Hope: A Democracy Reader

Stephen John Goodlad (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-787-95681-3 March 2001 Jossey-Bass 304 Pages

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What are the conditions necessary for democracy to exist and flourish? Is democracy a sustainable ideal? What does individual freedom mean in a democracy? What is the relationship between democracy and morality? What roles does or should education play in a democratic society? Address some of the most important issues confronting democracy in the twenty-first century with this comprehensive anthology.

In addition to providing a provocative view of a complex subject, this collection will also be invaluable to anyone seeking a general introduction and overview of contemporary thought on the subject of democracy and education. Democracy demands of its citizens the ability to discuss, debate, and learn from one another. The Last Best Hope, a companion volume to Developing Democratic Character in the Young, encourages and makes a major contribution to such discourse.
Source Texts.

Introduction (S. Goodlad).

Acknowledgements.

The Editor

WHY DEMOCRACY?

Democracy (N. Postman).

An Aristocracy of Everyone (B. Barber).

CONCEPTS AND COMPLEXITIES.

What Makes Democracy Work? (R. Putnam).

The Democratic Virtues (C. Lummis).

Was Democracy Just a Moment? (R. Kaplan).

CITIZENSHIP AND CHARACTER.

The Masses in Representative Democracy (M. Oakeshott)

Reorientation in Education (B. Bode).

The Education of Character (M. Buber).

DEMOCRACY AND ITS TROUBLES.

Market Democracy in a Neoliberal Order (N. Chomsky).

Law and Justice (H. Zinn).

Jefferson, Morrill, and the Upper Crust (W. Berry).

THE PUBLIC AND THE PERSONAL.

Democracy and Human Nature (J. Dewey).

Egalitarian Solidarity (P. Green).

Moral Imagination (M. Johnson).

EDUCATION IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY.

How Colleges of Education Package the Myth of Modernity (C. Bowers).

Democratic Education in Difficult Times (A. Gutmann).

What Is Education For? (D. Orr).

HUMAN POTENTIAL AND DEMOCRACY'S FUTURE.

The Domain of the Future (M. Csikszentmihalyi).

Practical Utopianism (M. Midgley).

Index.
"These essays will challenge groups of democratic readers to examine their social and political assumptions, and in so doing will enable them to strengthen their commitment to the quality of democratic life. The Last Best Hope is a call to reflective action." (Stanley N. Katz, professor, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, and professor emeritus, American Council of Learned Societies)