Democratic Discord in Schools

Democratic Discord in Schools Cases and Commentaries in Educational Ethics

Edited by Meira Levinson and Jacob Fay, Foreword by Margot Stern Strom and Adam Strom
paper, 320 Pages
Pub. Date: April 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-302-4
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cloth, 320 Pages
Pub. Date: April 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-303-1
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Teaching in a democracy is challenging and filled with dilemmas that have no easy answers. For example, how do educators meet their responsibilities of teaching civic norms and dispositions while remaining nonpartisan? Democratic Discord in Schools features eight normative cases of complex dilemmas drawn from real events designed to help educators practice the type of collaborative problem solving and civil discourse needed to meet these challenges of democratic education. Each of the cases also features a set of six commentaries written by a diverse array of scholars, educators, policy makers, students, and activists with a range of political views to spark reflection and conversation.


Democratic Discord in Schools breaks new territory and offers concrete examples on the eternal synergies between our aspirations for the practice of democratic citizenship and the messy frictions educational practices struggle to manage. It is the book every teacher, parent, policy maker, and concerned citizen should read and ponder. — Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, Wasserman Dean and Distinguished Professor of Education, University of California at Los Angeles

This is a powerful and important book. The eight normative case studies are authentic, interesting, and provocative. The commentaries that follow serve to deepen understanding of the dilemmas at the heart of each controversy and provide alternative perspectives about what could or should be done. — Diana Hess, Dean and Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education, University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education

Democratic Discord in Schools feels like a book that came along at just the right time. — Kelley Nicholson-Flynn, Klingenstein Center

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About the Editors

Meira Levinson is a professor of education at Harvard, where she also serves as a graduate fellowship program codirector in the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and as a coconvener of HGSE’s Civic and Moral Education Initiative. Jacob Fay is a visiting assistant professor of education at Bowdoin College.

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