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By Roger Soder

Backed via the Institute for tutorial InquiryHow are scholars going to operate successfully in a democratic society? This selection of unique essays outlines the severe function of our faculties in supporting create the stipulations valuable for a democracy--and assisting create in scholars the features or inclinations serious to keeping a democracy.

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The United Nations and its subsidiary, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), were suspect in many quarters. My years of representing the United States on the governing board of UNESCO’s Institute for Education in Hamburg, Germany (1972–1979), opened my life to scrutiny by ardent isolationists, even though my appointment was by the Department of State. It is impossible to conceive of the full range of horrors conjured up in the minds of some people by the very words global education.

Soder 2 1/25/01 9:07 AM Page 2 developing democratic character in the young the brutality and violence of virtual reality bloodless, exciting, and even attractive. With material comfort wide but inequitably spread, it is easy also to miss some close-at-hand statistics that cry out for “good philosophy”: each day in the United States a child under age ten is killed by a gun; 6 children or youths commit suicide; 13 children or youths are killed by firearms; 78 babies die; 420 children are arrested for drug offenses; 2,162 babies are born into poverty; 5,388 children are arrested; 17,152 public school students are suspended.

By taking advantage of their accomplishments, people everywhere can communicate with people everywhere in seconds and be face-to-face in hours. The life span has been doubled, most physical pain quickly relieved, body parts replaced, the brain cloned, and both the oceans’ depths and outer space all but opened up to tourism. But in what pervades these wonders lurks an enemy: humankind itself. The malaise that humans have been unable to eradicate persists: the inhumane treatment of some humans to and by other humans.

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