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Democratic Social Education: Social Studies for Social Change


In 1932 George Counts, in his speech, "Dare the School Build A New Social Order," explicitly challenged teachers to develop a democratic, socialistic society. In DSE we take seriously the question of what social studies educators can do to help build a democratic society in the face of current antidemocratic impulses of greed, individualism, and intolerance.

The essays in this book respond to Counts' question in theoretical analyses of education and society, historical analyses of efforts since Counts' challenge, and practical analyses of classroom pedagogy and school organization. This book provides educators with ideas that challenge the taken-for-granted meanings of democracy, citizenship, culture, work, indoctrination, evaluation, standards, and curriculum within the purposes of social studies education.

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