The democratic nature of American public schools in terms of democratic principles

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Title: The democratic nature of American public schools in terms of democratic principles
Author: Choi, AnNa, 1964-
Abstract: The purpose of this dissertation is to elucidate the democratic nature of American public schools in terms of democratic principles of freedom , equality , and equity through historical , sociological , conceptual , and educational examinations . Chapter 2 explores , through a salient and recurring phenomenon of segregation , how the democratic -capitalistic matrix of American public schools has been constructed in terms of both meritocratic and egalitarian policies . To scrutinize the substantive nature of democratic -capitalistic society , in Chapter 3 , social theories proposed by Marx , Durkheim , Weber , Simmel , and Freud are examined in terms of the nature of human existence in the democratic -capitalistic society and then , its mode of existence is analyzed in light of the metaphors , the Möbius strip and the Klein bottle . The object of Chapter 4 is to clarify the conceptual and substantive relationship between freedom and equality based on equity as balance point . In Chapter 5 , educational issues concerning the nature of democratic existence are dealt with in terms of educational quality , while clarifying the paradoxical nature of democratic -educational conceptions of excellence and knowledge in the public school system . Further , a reconsideration of the Brown decision in Chapter 6 helps penetrate how democratic existence can be substantialized in American public schools under the capitalistic -democratic society , confirming a new version of educational paradigm .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -1421
Date: 2011-01-31

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The democratic nature of American public schools in terms of democratic principles. Doctoral dissertation, University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -1421 .

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