RECON Online Working Paper 2011/04

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Education for Democracy in Hungarian Schools

 

Mihály Csákó (Eötvös Loránd University)

 

Abstract

Democracy at supra-national level would be stable only with stable national democracies. That is the responsibility of national education for democracy. Efficiency in this field of Hungarian secondary schools was measured by students’ gaining socio-political knowledge through different school subjects and communication with teachers as well as by their experience of participation in democratic institutions of everyday life in schools. Both formal and informal communication of teachers and students fall far from the ideal while data show that it could become more efficient. Institutions for student participation in school community life rarely offer room for creativity and autonomy. Education for democracy turns to education for obedience and for accumulating good contact with superiors. 

 


Keywords

Educational Policy — Democracy — Hungary — Socialisation


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