Magazine article Liberal Education

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Magazine article Liberal Education

From the Editor

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Three democracies at different stages in their political development confront, in this issue, the basic need for an educated citizenry in the widely different social contexts of India, South Africa, and the United States. They paint the picture with broad strokes showing the unique challenges that changes in their social arrangements hold. Comparing the three societies reveals differences. Yet, more striking are the common principles motivating the constitutional and legal directions that guide the education they describe: fulfillment of personal potential for and within a free society. Beyond that, the integrity of the individual, the rights and responsibilities recognized under the rubric of social justice, and the context of freedom from and to, lie at the heart of these systems.

To know about other societies striving for educational equity for their youth echoes current broad discussions about economic globalization. For educators in the United States, globalization signals an urgency for planning strong incentives and opportunities for students to gain foreign language fluency. …

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