Educators Explore Civic Education at Summer Institute

Posted: August 15, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Elementary and secondary school teachers from the metropolitan area gather today in the Johnson Center, Room C, to examine the status of our nation’s civic habits at the fifth annual Intellectual Life of Schools Summer Institute, “Civic Virtues, Civic Values: Versions of Democracy. Is There a Price?” The institute, held August 15 to 17, is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) with support from the Graduate School of Education.

“The topic of this year’s seminar goes beyond patriotism,” says Daniele Struppa, dean of CAS. “Through careful thought and exploration, we will begin to uncover the issues behind our society’s civic behavior.”

Designed to offer elementary and secondary school teachers an opportunity to expand their intellectual lives, interdisciplinary discussions among participants and panelists are a central part of the institute. Discussion topics include education and democracy; civic participation–service or political action; civic participation across generations and cultures; theory and practice of civil discourse; juvenile justice; civic art; reconciliation and compromise in democracy; and popular culture and political expression. George Mason faculty members, public officials, and educators from Northern Virginia’s public schools are among the guest speakers.

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