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Re: Democracy and gangs

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Robert Beeching (robprod)
Fri, 30 May 1997 16:53:24 -0700


>Date: Fri, 30 May 1997 16:46:22 -0700
>To: EVasso
>From: Robert Beeching <robprod>
>Subject: Re: Democracy and gangs
>In-Reply-To: <970530174515_149716421.com>
>
>AGREED! DEMOCRACY SHOULD BE TAUGHT IN SCHOOL BUT...
>
> since most schools operate under the guise of "belevolent dictatorships"
we have a paradox here! Until schools of education teach degree candidates
differently, we will continue to have studentbody officers acting as
"rubber stamps" of the administration; students soon learn the democratic
limits of student
>government, quickly; perhaps we should teach "the limits of democratic rule"
>or a form of "limited democracy"? We can't have it all!
>
>Intruder Bob
>
>
>
>At 05:49 PM 5/30/97 -0400, you wrote:
>>Judith,
>>
>>I am confused by your remarks about the reality of schools not being
>>democratic institutions. As a former student (long ago)and now an art
teacher
>>(for quite a while) I would certainly agree that schools are not democratic
>>institutions for the most part. But don't you think they should be? If
>>students don't learn democracy in school, where will they learn it? And why
>>do you think most students would tolerate violence and criminality if they
>>had the power to do otherwise?
>>
>>-Fred
>>Chicago
>>