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Voice

  • By: William C. Ayers
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Curriculum studies at best rest on the twin pillars of enlightenment and liberation, knowledge and human freedom. A central requirement of curriculum in a democracy becomes the development of a distinct and singular voice in every student.

Teaching in a democracy is geared toward participation and engagement, and based, then, on a common faith: Every human being is of infinite and incalculable value, each an intellectual, emotional, physical, spiritual, signifying, and creative universe.

Central to an education for citizenship, participation, engagement, and democracyan education toward freedomis developing in students and teachers alike the ability to think and speak for themselves. The core curriculum of a liberating education is this: We each have a mind of our own; we are all works-in-progress swimming toward an uncertain and ...

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