Educating Publics in the Greater Community

FORUM - ISSN 0963-8253
Volume 61 Number 3 (2019)

Educating Publics in the Greater Community
RUTH BOYASK pages 307-317
DOI: 10.15730/forum.2019.61.3.307


Democratic public schooling prepares for and models collective self-governance in a complex society where the people are subject to various forms of governmental power. The common or public school is the main way democratic nations prepare their people for participation, yet in modern versions democracy is contested through school curriculum and governance practices. Examples are state-funded self-governing schools, which appear to support democracy, yet are shaped by a neoliberal ideal of school autonomy. Proposed new models of school governance that attempt to build in collectivity may still limit democratic participation. The influence of entities outside of nations challenges the view that a national system of schooling is sufficient to inform public opinion. A better education for democracy would consider how public opinion is formed, and how public opinion might be formed within a complex society. Developing a deeper and more expansive concept of the public is one place to start.

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RUTH BOYASK (2019) Educating Publics in the Greater Community, FORUM, 61(3), 307-317.

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