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American Public Education and the Responsibility of its Citizens: Supporting Democracy in the Age of Accountability

Sarah M. Stitzlein


Not only is the future of our public schools in jeopardy, so is our democracy. Public schools are central to a flourishing democracy, where children learn how to deliberate and solve problems together, build shared identities, and come to value justice and liberty. As citizen support for public schools wanes, our democratic way of life is at risk. While we often hear about the poor performance of students and teachers, the current educational crisis is at heart not about accountability, but rather about citizen responsibility. Yet citizens increasingly do not feel that public schools are our s ... More

Keywords: Public education, accountability, democracy, citizenship, responsibility, neoliberalism, education policy, democratic education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190657383
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190657383.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah M. Stitzlein, author
Associate Professor of Education, University of Cincinnati