Deliberating in a Democracy

Freedom of speech is the foundation of a healthy democracy. For democracy to thrive, citizens must deliberate; they must express and exchange ideas among themselves and with their representatives in government. And they must be able to do this, even when they disagree. Deliberation skills:

  • Ensure that conflicting views can be heard, understood, and valued
  • Are critical to the ability to find solutions to important issues
  • Require instruction and practice; deliberating civic issues is not natural behavior

Deliberating in a Democracy

Deliberating in a Democracy challenges students to tackle current civic issues through Structure Academic Controversy (SAC), a method to teach deliberation skills developed by the Johnson brothers at the University of Minnesota.

Through Deliberating in a Democracy Minnesota, students develop the ability to deliberate important issues confronting Minnesotans using DID materials focused on topics of special interest for Minnesota.  Deliberating in a Democracy Minnesota is supported in part by a grant funded by the Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment

This is democracy in action!

For more information: info@teachingcivics.org

Program Support Material

Resources for teachers

Minnesota Issues materials for students

 Professional Development Opportunities

Contact: Jennifer Bloom  jbloom@teachingcivics.org

 

 

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