Democratic Values, Student Engagement and Democratic Leadership
Ethics and Educational Purposes
Democratic transformational pedagogies focused on issues of social justice, exemplified in the works of Paulo Freire, have recentlyarticulated the need for a coherent ethical position in relation toteaching and the administration of schools. This ethical position standsin opposition to claims of academic impartiality in the construction of social knowledge related to the economic conditions of ourcommunities.In the context of educational policymaking, David Corson of OISEin Toronto argues for the need to achieve a system wide consensus inpolicymaking to establish universal norms that operate as principles atthe system level to increase the scope and capacity for meeting social justice needs and goals. (Corson 1995).
Toward the construction of acommon ethic, Corson considered the clarification of principles toinvolve, finding a realistic set of shared values that overarch all thevarious social and cultural groups that the political system contains.(Smolicz, 1984).
Frameworks for a Standard
Conservative, liberal, and democratic educational purposesrepresent particular worldviews that differ mostly in theirunderstanding of the “self” and the nature of our connection to others.Each perspective advocates for a different set of dominant institutional
p.134. David Corson.
Power and the Discourses of Policy and Curriculum : An Introduction
in Discourseand Power in Educational Organizations, Ed. Corson (OISE Press, Toronto) 1995.
P.134. ibid Corson on Smolicz, J. (1984). Multiculturalism and an overarching framework of values.
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