This essay is organized around three issues. First, through a comparison of the current social situation with that of the 1930's and early 1940's, we show why we believe that, current apparent economic prosperity notwithstanding, the 'creative imperative' of democracy must be re-asserted to counter clear and evident threats to democracy. Second, drawing on 'Creative Democracy,' we outline a vision of democratic individualism that focuses on personal beliefs and characteristics that are, we argue, 'teachable' in the sense that teachers and teacher educators can—and should—view them as requisite outcomes of their educational endeavors. Finally, we draw out implications for teacher education, suggesting criteria by which we might evaluate current teacher education practices and creatively adapt them for the task before us.
LaCelle-Peterson, Mark and VanFossen, Phillip J.
"Creative Democracy and Teacher Education: The Task Before Us,"
Education and Culture: Vol. 15
, Article 2.
Available at: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/eandc/vol15/iss1/art2