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Democracy, Truth, and Education in the U.S.

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ClassGraphic In this study group, we will examine the idea that America may have failed to provide its citizens with the knowledge, skills, values, and aspirations needed for democratic governance leaving a deep political scar. Today, only a quarter of K-12 students score as “proficient” in a test of civic knowledge; nearly half of them report supporting the idea of a “strong leader,” instead of elections. More than half of adults polled express dissatisfaction with democracy. Together, we will explore whether we have failed to provide students with the skills necessary to evaluate the validity of claims made by candidates, public officials, and purported experts, and if these failures have produced a polarized citizenry with severely divided views of our democracy. This study group will examine such questions as: what must citizens learn to be effective participants and supporters of democracy; how is truth is to be determined; what is the proper role of experts and science in determining public policy; and how can experts and scientists make their claims more transparent so the truth of claims can be evaluated by the public? We will use as our primary text What Universities Owe Democracy? (Johns Hopkins Press, 2021) by Ronald Daniels. Supplemental articles will also be provided.

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Wed

Location
Virtual - Any Location

Instructor
MultipleInstructor :
1.Steve Greska2.Scott Peters 

Tuition: 

$0.00


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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/6/2024 - 6/5/2024 Weekly - Wed 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map Scott Peters  ; Steve Greska 
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