'At a time when many of the values that underpin our democracy are under threat, educators of whatever political disposition should introduce students to the history of ideas that have shaped our contemporary world, write Casey N. Blake, Roosevelt Montás and Tamara Mann Tweel" at Inside Higher Education.
"In December, some 250 students, professors, university administrators and other citizens attended a daylong conference organized by Columbia University’s Center for American Studies on the theme of 'Democracy and Education.' The event took the centennial of the publication of John Dewey’s classic book of that title as an occasion to consider how schools, colleges and universities might reinvigorate civic education with new pedagogies and partnerships with community organizations.
"The stakes could not be higher. As Dewey wrote, 'Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife.' The recent election added urgency to the day’s discussion, throwing in relief the question 'What does democratic education mean today?'"