Theme – Democracy in 2018: How has it changed?
Theme: Essential Question: What is Democracy in 2018, how has it changed, and how does that change affect Education for Democracy?
3 Hours CTLE available
Keynote Speaker and Workshop Presenter
Dr. Leo Casey, National College of Ireland
In our current politically-charged global society, conceptions of democracy are changing. The rise of populism and isolationism has resulted in more divisions among diverse populations within nations’ borders and between nations. Terrorism, civil wars, and civil unrest have curtailed freedom in many parts of the world. There have been rumblings that democracy is waning. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/29/world/americas/western-liberal-democracy.html
Nations across the globe are electing leaders who espouse antiestablishment themes that do not reflect traditional democratic principles.
The need for democracy in education is ever more urgent. By making democratic education both an objective as well as a way to teach our students, we can create learning experiences that are more engaging, meaningful, and inclusive. Further, by placing value on differences and incorporating democratic values (such as personal initiative, equality, and justice for all) to our classrooms and curricula, we can help support the individual development of young children and adolescents within a caring environment that can create global citizens capable of creating an ever more inclusive community.