Welcome to the second Democracy forum!

Every other Wednesday, we’ll share this online space to discuss important questions and topics that have arisen from the Democracy talks in the week before or from blog posts and current events.

Last week, we had an insightful 2nd Democracy Talk featuring special guest Beatriz Toscano of our German national partner team. She was joined by our host Diana Trevino of eucen. 

Beatriz explored the intricate relationship between democratic education and parenting styles, emphasizing the critical role of emotional learning in developing democratic competencies in children. She identified three foundational elements of a healthy democracy—control, equality, and freedom—and discussed how these can be practically integrated into educational practices through an understanding of various parenting styles, including authoritarian, authoritative, permissive, and uninvolved.

Beatriz advocated for an educational approach that integrates emotional learning and considers the familial and cultural backgrounds of students. This, she argues, is essential for cultivating a generation that not only understands democracy but practices it empathetically and effectively.

We invite you to rewatch the talk here: https://www.youtube.com/live/Ywjr–TBojw?si=xQE9wZuPgY09k9cW and add your opinions on the following questions or anything related to the discussion with Beatrice:

  1. How can emotional learning enhance the teaching of democratic competencies in schools?
  2. In what ways do different parenting styles affect a child’s ability to learn and practice democratic values?
  3. How can schools adapt their educational approaches to better address the emotional and familial backgrounds of students?
  4. What are the broader implications of integrating emotional learning into democratic education? Any challenges or criticisms?

Feel free to answer any of these questions or add a comment inspired by this discussion.

Next week join us for another conversation, this time with Katarina Popović from the University of Belgrade. On Wednesday, on the 22nd of May 2024, at 3:00 PM CET we’ll be dealing the topic of “Experiential learning: Democratic education beyond traditional didactics.” You can add that to your calendars here: https://blog.democrat-horizon.eu/event/democracy-talk-3-experiential-learning-democratic-education-beyond-traditional-didactics/

One response to “Welcome to the second Democracy forum!”

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    Diana

    Referring to question 3, I think that schools can implement a range of strategies tailored to meet the unique needs of their students. This might involve providing access to mental health resources, such as counselling services or support groups, to help students cope with emotional difficulties. Additionally, educators can incorporate social-emotional learning programs into the curriculum to teach important skills like self-awareness, empathy, and resilience.

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