Written by: Edryll R. Contreras, Teacher III – BNHS JHS
The focus of educational environments has been on democracy in learning and studying. It had shaped the idea and enthusiasm of the professors, as well as kindling the passion of the students, to become totally bent on politics, breaking the kids’ interest and innocence about the country’s economic status. This curiosity will shatter the silence among students who must become involved in the country’s political issues because involvement can only imply one thing: contribution to the society’s demands. What matters most is how to involve students in the event as well as the learning that takes place within the classroom.
To investigate the relationship between democracy and education, a diverse group of educational experts with differing disciplinary backgrounds, philosophical and political perspectives must have raised and sought solutions to problems that must first be answered by the teacher. Inside the classroom, different interest groups define and interpret the concept of politics and its parcel, which can be classified along a continuum in terms of how well they succeed in explaining the meanings and implications within the larger social, cultural, and political context through the teachers in the classroom.
It is understood simply as “a kind of governance” on one end of the political continuum, and as “a way of connected life, of conjoint communicative experience” on the other. The latter approach allows pupils to grasp how democracy, politics, and education are all interconnected and interdependent. In this sense, the process is considered as a continuous effort that goes hand in hand with teaching, rather than a finished product. The purpose of education, from this perspective, is to foster civic unity and democratic citizenship based on mutual interests. Schools are intended to play a key part in achieving these goals by allowing teachers to engage in “not just individual training, but the building of proper social life.” A democratic education teacher seeks to pave the path for “the empowerment of free and equal citizens, persons ready and able to share in molding their own society”. The teacher’s attempts to raise such citizens are best achieved in democratic schools that stimulate critical thinking and reflection on a variety of ideas, perspectives, and policies.”
Students should be provided with the right abilities to deal with the various problems that they may face both inside and outside the classroom to become competent, as the political concerns that are pushed into the learning environment do not always win the crowd. It is something more competent and sophisticated, which is not popular with today’s generations, because political issues are no longer only a topic of debate; they are now part of the current entertainment sections. Students must be engaged and involved in their learning process in order to adapt the necessary skills and methods to become responsible learners. Students should strengthen their learning skills and methods because these are life-long skills that they can apply not just to higher education but also to their future activities.