Sample issues analysis for democratic education for all
Summary of concerns, conclusions, main arguments.
Main issue: Democratic education for all.
|Position on the issue: Democratic education provides learners choice in their pursuit of knowledge to empower them to care for and work with others to benefit them as citizens and for the health of a democratic nation.|
| Reasons for the position
||Values associated with reasons
|What other positions were considered?||What reasons were given for not supporting them?||What value is associated with each?|
|Standardized curriculum to provide common experiences to unify democratic citizens to make better decisions.||
|Don't need everyone to be educated.||
Soundness of the arguments
- To maintain civilization, education is necessary.
- Providing learners experiences in democratic decision making and governance is logical in thinking it will better prepare them as citizens.
- Acceptance of democracy as politically desirable is not evidence of its successfulness as a curriculum. People who believe young children need strong control will be concerned that democracy and young children is counter to human nature.
Strength of evidence - Compares ideal to reality
- All will succeed in a democratic curriculum to develop democratic principles
- Democracy is teachable
- Every one is motivated
- Everyone accepts the premise
- May imply common instruction along with common curriculum
Inclusive not missing information - Need to be careful to include comprehensive review. Not to be fooled by rhetorical devices, and unrealistic application of an ideal or idea.
Main idea in light of other alternatives
Other ideas - People need to be told what to do. There is a common history or understanding of our culture.
Other values - Productivity, money, economy,
Other assumptions - There can be one culture, history, narrow social order
Other language - Rhetoric, emotional words, propaganda, pleas to make decisions without critical thinking and decision making
Origins may suggest other strengths or weaknesses - Diversity is a strength. Diverse species survive better than less diverse species. Resilience to adapt. Always doing things the same way will not create change, when it is necessary. Some traditions are valued for their usefulness and should be. Traditions that do not provide value will not survive.
What can be inferred from the author - Diversity is valuable. Democracy is messy and takes commitment and work to be inclusive of a diverse citizenry.
Summary of the quality of thought
Validity - Meaningful, logical, factual
Power - Theoretically seems to be
Practical - Yes. If choice and decision making is considered democratic ideals in school. Methods which include reasonable student choice and teach mastery oriented decision making is shown to help today’s at risk children to be successful and is congruent with current brain research.
Ethical - Democracy for all fits with human nature of fairness, and equality. It can fall apart if democracy is defined as governance of the many and the few be damned. Then the ethical ground is narrower.
Is it acceptable? most people accept democracy as the best government. Some, have credible concerns, about the timeliness of decisions being made in extreme times and the majority oppression of the minority.
Warrants and necessary changes? Democracy in schools needs to be defined to be inclusive for the well being of all learners and developmentally appropriate within reasonable expectations of schools and schooling.
Final judgment in relation to the main idea need to live a democracy to learn to function in a democracy and to live it means need choices, which may or may not be achieved in a structured standard common curriculum, which centers on career preparation.