EVERGREEN MIT 2010 - EQUITY AND EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC EDUCATION DEMOCRACY PROJECTS (6 pages)

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Mit 2010 - Masters in Teaching 2009-2011 Thinking Globally, Teaching Locally: Educating for Active Citizenship
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Master in Teaching Teaching Against the Grain Winter 2008 Group Research Project EQUITY AND EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC EDUCATION DEMOCRACY PROJECTS In 1831 Count Alexis de Tocqueville toured the United States and kept a detailed journal of his travels Using his journal notes he wrote a stunning ethnographic account of the young nation In Democracy in America 1956 abridged edition de Tocqueville described what he saw the conversations he had and the impressions he formed In the introduction the editor Richard Heffner writes that de Tocqueville s study rejects America s equation of equality with freedom of democracy with liberty p 11 This equation according to de Tocqueville ignores the reality that democracy is essentially majority rule and that the tyranny of the majority p 11 curtails individual freedom De Tocqueville asserts that Americans desire freedom but are passionate about equality they want liberty but abide by the principle that the interests of the many are to be preferred to those of the few p 24 Because of this passion for equality de Tocqueville expresses his concern that Americans will develop a mediocrity of desires p 21 and that society will every day become more tranquil and less aspiring p 21 Another Frenchman Henri Gaillard visited the United States in 1917 to attend the 100 year celebration of the American School for the Deaf co founded by the deaf French teacher Laurent Clerc see Seeing Voices p 20 p 108 Like de Tocqueville Gaillard toured the United States and kept a detailed journal of his journey He visited deaf people everywhere he went and as noted in Gaillard in Deaf America A Portrait of the Deaf Community 1917 Bob Buchanan notes that Gaillard s narrative account also provides compelling evidence that deaf citizens like other minorities in the early twentieth century were at risk Acclaimed for its representative democracy its growing industrial might and its entrepreneurial genius the United States in the early twentieth century was also a



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