Addison Marry

Professor Hoskins

Writing 100

11 December 2016

Commonplace Entry 6

“[A]n education [. . .] that was designed to support a truly direct, deliberative democracy [. . .] would be an education oriented to the ‘strong publics’ of decision-making rather than the ‘weak publics’ of opinion formation.” (205)

Fleming’s quote on the relationship between education and democracy provides an interesting critique on the education system and motivations for procuring said education. I do not believe our country fosters a ‘truly direct democracy’ for a multitude of reasons including the barriers of access for those who do not have the resources to invest in education, or possibly transport, etc. Additionally, people in marginalized communities remain marginalized, even by the educated, so it’s interesting that his rhetoric suggests that ‘strong public’ be the outcome of education, as opposed to ‘weak publics.’