"All humans are members of the same body Created from one essence"

"Human beings are members of a whole in creation of one essence and soul. If one member is afflicted with pain, other members uneasy will remain."

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Education and Democracy

"Education is the guardian genius of democracy.It is the only dictator that free men recognize, and the only ruler that free men require."

Teachers must find all sorts of new ways to instill democratic values in their students.

Ataturk said, "Teachers, the new generation will be your devotion." Indeed, if the students internalize the democratic values and principles in their behavior at school, they will be able to build a democratic society free of corruption! Therefore, teachers must create democratic attitudes and attainments in children. A democratic society can be achieved only by means of a democratic education.

Critical pedagogy uses knowledge to raise students' political and social consciousness and it encourage students to question the government. In our Amnesty Club, students learn about democratic values by openly discussing issues and I encourage them to hold different perspectives. I always make sure to create a supportive climate of high expectations!

Teachers must engage students in thinking critically about their society by giving them writing prompts, guiding questions, and opportunities to meaningfully discuss the readings that we use in class about human rights and democracy.

Teachers need to give their students subjects and assignments regarding democracy, human rights, peace, citizenship education, and environmental awareness. Teachers play a crucial role in laying the foundations of democratic institutions.

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