Beyond the Politics of the Big Lie: The Education Deficit and the New Authoritarianism

There is a growing democratic deficit among developed countries as the gap widens between the people and institutions elected to govern and the citizenry whom they represent. In this article, Henry A. Giroux connects democratic decline to an overall education deficit, whereby the critical and civic literacies needed for people to engage as active citizens are undermined by both educational policies and practices in schools and the weakening of the public-political culture in broader society. If left unchecked, then tomorrow’s concern will be less a persistent democratic deficit than the rise of a new authoritarianism. Read the article…

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