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Infusing Our Daily Work with Democratic Ideals

by Margie Carter
May/June 2018
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“To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims
of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal,
and the facts from the fiction.”

Martin Luther King Jr.
The Purpose of Education

In the U.S. we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a national holiday, numerous statues and street names, but how do we honor his legacy, inspiration, and courage in our educational practices and daily living? Dr. King spoke and wrote about education for a democracy, racial and economic inequalities, non-violence, and creating a beloved community. His thinking couldn’t be more pertinent for our country today and in many ways, more distant from our lives. Is the great American democratic experiment coming to an end? Or can our ideals guide us into better decisions in the troubled waters of our country?

For educators to stay hopeful in these challenging times, we must rise above the daily details that consume our time and energy and ask ourselves some big questions. Our answers can be anchors for policies and everyday practices.

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