Commonplace Book 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)

In his quote, David Fleming argues that educators should be teaching students to form their own opinions and make thoughtful decisions, as opposed to just regurgitating information. He believes students should be rewarded for actively expressing their opinions and ideas. This is much like some classes I’m currently in. Credit is given for input on the topic and class discussions. This is the type of reward fleming believes will improve student’s use of language effectively and prepare them for real world situations.

students raising hands in classroom