Looking Back at "The Levees"
In the latest issue of The Journal of Education Controversy, Margaret Crocco and Maureen Grolnick, who led development of TC's "Teaching The Levees" curriculum -- a 100-page teaching tool that explored civic issues raised by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath -- reflect back on their work, the extraordinary tragedy that produced it, and the ongoing need for Americans to re-examine what it means to live in a democracy.
"Thomas Jefferson once quipped that “a little revolution” is a good thing in a democracy from time to time," Crocco and Grolnick write. "We are not advocating that position here, just the notion that controversy, that is, contestation over the things we hold dear, is the lifeblood of a healthy democracy."
The article appered as "Schooling as if Democracy Matters," Volume 3 Number 1 of the Journal of Educational Controversy. http://www.wce.wwu.edu/Resources/CEP/eJournal/v003n001/ previous page