Democratic Education Is The Most Effective State Of Education

1134 Words Nov 17th, 2016 5 Pages
In education, a student experiences education or the concept of the good life from many different approaches. In the book, Democratic Education by Amy Gutmann talks about democratic education. She describes democratic education as the role that teachers, parents, students, principals, and other faculty play in teaching skills and virtues to students. Gutmann does not present democratic education as the only option for educating students as she gives many examples of different states of education, however, she always comes back to her belief that democratic education is the most effective. I would like to take some time to describe Amy Gutmann’s concept of democratic education more in depth because democratic education is essential to getting not the fastest, but the most effective education. I agree with Amy Gutmann that democratic education is the most effective state of education.
“States, parents, and professional educators all have important roles to play in cultivating moral character. A democratic state of education recognizes that educational authority must be shared among parents, citizens, and professional educators even though such sharing does not guarantee that power will be wedded to knowledge, that parents can successfully pass their prejudices onto their children, or that education will be neutral among competing conceptions of the good life” (Gutmann 42). This quote shows that in democratic education, the power is not given to one source, but to multiple…

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