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Education for Democracy in the Twenty-First Century

  • Ronald M. Glassman
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Abstract

Studying the Greek and Roman classics focuses the student on democracy and the law courts. Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero and others all focus on democracy – whether supportive or critical – and they all condemn monarchy and tyranny. Civics in high school should be mandatory, and, should include all the new technology surrounding the high-tech political processes now institutionalized. Even hacking and the spreading of “false news” should be studied and analyzed. Democracy can become the “civil religion” of a society as Tocqueville and Durkheim called it, but only if it is taught to the young people and becomes internalized.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald M. Glassman
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  1. 1.NYU School of Professional StudiesStern College of Yeshiva UniversityNew YorkUSA

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