n South African Journal of Education - People's education (for people's power) - a promise unfulfilled.
|Article Title||People's education (for people's power) - a promise unfulfilled.|
|© Publisher:||Education Association of South Africa (EASA)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Education|
|Affiliations||1 University of the Witwatersrand|
|Publication Date||Feb 2013|
|Pages||1 - 12|
|Keyword(s)||Democracy, Education, Elitism, Freedom Charter, Participation, People's education, Representative councils of learners and School governing bodies|
ISI Social Science
The central feature of Athenian citizens' rights, that is, people's participation in government, is also enshrined in the South African Constitution. This article argues for the Athenian style of participatory democracy as a viable model of participation in governing South African schools. The author claims that 'people's education', which had its origins in the principles of the Freedom Charter - was diluted during the negotiations for South Africa's new democratic government. As a result, the political and educational ideal of 'people's education for 'people's power' has given way to democratic elitism in post-apartheid South African schools.
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