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Kettering Review December 2011

The Kettering Review is a journal of ideas and activities dedicated to improving the quality of public life in the American democracy. Published by the Kettering Foundation, each issue addresses a single theme, including including the changing roles of the citizen, the press, public leadership, and public opinion. Contributors include a diverse group of American and international educators, historians, philosophers, and social and political scientists. The Review is edited by Robert Kingston and Noëlle McAfee.

The December 2011 edition focuses on “public education“.  Below is an excerpt from the introduction…

Now this Review—which is clearly about to focus its interest upon the education that citizens of a democracy must find—is not (if only out of respect to these writers) ready to take off against the schools, who are perhaps by now already suffering their share of the slings and arrows of outraged citizens. One has to learn also to become a citizen of the democratic community. And while that may entail the well-taught practice of some skills in the classroom, it requires, fundamentally and consistently, both an understanding of the experience and aspiration of others and a willingness to fashion means that may accommodate them—different as they may be from ourselves—together among us. Children nowadays learn to communicate digitally, as they used to learn with script. Increasingly, then, as communities themselves change, they, too, may need to be seen as communities of learning. Government begins with self-government, rather than the government of others; and learning belongs in the community, rather than merely the classroom.

Readers of the Review may be interested to note that the essays and excerpts that comprise this edition are presented in the chronological order of their publication, although that is not customary Review practice. It is not that we, the editors, have developed a sudden addiction to digging in the chasms of passing time, to history per se, but that the writers in this issue are all acutely aware of the demand that constant change places upon a community, and therefore of the demands the community must make upon itself to understand and share the responsibilities that change must place up on them. Changing mores, and the changing institutions through which they are reflected, call on communities to adapt. “There was,” wrote our third contributor, Stewart Ranson, in the final decade of the 20th century that Dewey had ushered in, “an urgent need for fundamental change, to create a common purpose, and the conditions for individuals and their communities to flourish, by empowering their sense of agency and responsibility for the future.” Communities, too, must learn.

– Robert J. Kingston, Editor of the Kettering Review

…along with the contents of the journal…

Contents of the December 2011 Edition

Editor’s Letter
Robert J. Kingston

The School as Social Center
John Dewey

Public Education and the Education of the Public
Lawrence A. Cremin

Towards a Learning Society
Stewart Ranson

The Continuously Planning City
Judith Green

We Are All Democrats Now
Wendy Brown

Tarrying with the Negative
Bill Bywater in an interview with Noëlle McAfee

… afterthoughts
David Mathews

This edition of the journal is currently available as both a free download and in print (also free with shipping) from the Kettering Foundation website.

Resource Link: http://kettering.org/periodicals/kettering-review-2011/

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