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)


This quote discusses how our current education system doesn’t focus on teaching how to make an important decision.  It is assumed that children will learn, but it doesn’t provide the resources needed for this learning.  The person speaking this line also urges that the formation of opinions is seen as almost a negative thing.  That the variety in opinion is so pluralist that it’s hard to unify a group that could make a concrete decision together.  It suggests a democracy can only be strong when decisions are made.  It’s reminiscent of the Frank Underwood quote from House of Cards, “Moments like this require someone who will act. To do the unpleasant thing.”  The quote suggests that democracy is only effective when action is taken, and fails when it gets clogged up in debate.

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