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Curriculum on the Edge of Survival: How Schools Fail to Prepare Students for Membership in a Democracy

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Title: Curriculum on the Edge of Survival: How Schools Fail to Prepare Students for Membership in a Democracy
Author: Heller, Daniel
ISBN: 9781578866649
Publisher: R&L Education
Published: 2007
Binding: Quality
Language: English
Condition: Used: Fair
Reading copy with considerable wear. May have marking in text. Binding may be cracked; all pages present. Does not include dust jacket. We sometimes source from libraries. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orde

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Publisher Description:
Typically, school curriculum has been viewed through the lens of preparation for the workplace or higher education_both worthy objectives. However, this is not the only lens, and perhaps not even the most powerful one to use, if the goal is to optimize the educational system. Curriculum on the Edge of Survival attempts to define basic aspects of the curriculum when viewed through the larger lens of a school as the principal instrument through which we maintain an effective democracy. In that case, the purpose of education is to prepare our students to take their rightful place as active members of a democracy. This purpose is larger than workplace or college readiness, and in fact subsumes them. Curriculum on the Edge of Survival posits four major starting points for education under the purpose of preparing students for functional membership in a democracy: kindness, thinking, problem solving, and communications. These four foundational elements should be taught in every class, at every level, every day. They form the backbone of a great educational system.