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The challenge of promoting democracy

Teachers explaining practical challenges of promoting democracy
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The challenge that I’ve been faced with when teaching democracy or democratic citizenship, it’s really been in relation to having difficult conversations with other adults. So, you know, where maybe they’ve said something or they’ve had an idea that obviously I know probably isn’t the right way to say things. So I feel like that’s where it’s been difficult. Where you’ve had to sort of have difficult conversations with other adults. I think that’s probably been mainly the most challenging aspect.
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And with question F: What worries me about promoting democracy? I would say again, it’s not to do with the topics or the discussions that you have to have, it’s more to do with the other adults. And in this situation, I would say it’s probably what worries me is the parents. For example, if there’s a particular topic or say you’re looking at a specific religion or culture. And if there’s a parent who doesn’t want their child to be a part of that. I think that’s what worries me. Then again, having those difficult conversations with parents and getting them to understand. Some challenges concerning democracy education.
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Being aware that democracy education is a multidimensional, dynamic process that demands respect, pluralism, creativity, and participatory communication to be coherent and to search for coherence both at personal, local, and global levels. Being aware of the dangers of authoritarian one story and one truth. To listen and give place to other’s voices and perspectives, to be firm about democratic values and competencies. And to try to articulate these values and competencies within a disciplinary teaching, such as mathematics and statistics, to develop critical reasoning when analysing processes and results. More interactions between schools and other agents. There should be a larger recognition on the fundamental role of non-formal education on the construction of democracy. Concerns regarding democracy promotion in my classrooms.
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How to combine rigorous thinking with empathy and compassion. How to overcome summative evaluation vicious cycle, how to develop intercultural education within mathematics teaching. How to reconcile artificial intelligence growth with critical and divergent thinking. How to transform information in wisdom. How to promote pluralism within a mathematics education classroom. I fear that critical literacy and an education that promotes democracy leads students to negativity. But with an education in criticisms, students can develop any conviction. So the big challenge is the freedom of students. This is the risk of education. They are free to think by themselves. And the challenge is to give them opportunities to think by themselves in a way that improves society.

Listen to teachers Zeba, Noemia and Breo discussing some of the challenges they have encountered when teaching and some of their fears about promoting democracy.

Have you encountered any of these challenges as a teacher or student?

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