From Education to Democracy by Mr. Augustine Ebot

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The conventional wisdom, since at least the writings of John Dewey (1916) views high levels of educational attainment as a prerequisite for democracy. Education is argued to promote democracy both because it enables a ‟culture of democracy” to develop, and it leads to greater prosperity, which is also thought to cause political development.

The modernization theory, popularized by Seymour Martin Lipset (1959), which emphasizes the role of education as well as economic growth in promoting political development in general and democracy in particular, argues that ‟ Education presumably broadens men’s outlooks, enables them to understand the need for norms of tolerance, restrains them from adhering to extremist and monistic doctrines, and increases their capacity to make rational electoral choices.”(p.79)

It concludes that ‟ If we cannot say that a ‛high’ level of education is a sufficient condition for democracy, the available evidence does suggest that it comes close to being a necessary condition.”(p. 80)

Recent works by Robert Barro and co. (1999) and Adam Przeworski and co. (2000), provides further evidence consistent with this view by saying that ‟ Holding other characteristics of a geopolitical circumscription constant, differences in schooling are a major causal factor explaining not only differences in democracy, but more generally in political institutions.

Not wanting to look at the other side of the coin, we, the teachers of  The Apple International School Dubai, think that the nature and level of maturity of the education received promotes democracy and political development. This can be witnessed form the maturity and the rational electoral choices made by our students when it came to choosing members of the student government for the school year 2015-2016. This is an undeniable indicator to the fact that the students of this prestigious institution are trained to contribute positively and to handle the political affairs of future societies in which they will find themselves.

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