1703 North Beauregard St.
Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
Tel: 1-800-933-ASCD (2723)
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday
Local to the D.C. area: 1-703-578-9600, press 2
Toll-free from U.S. and Canada: 1-800-933-ASCD (2723), press 2
All other countries: (International Access Code) + 1-703-578-9600, press 2
Overview | Articles | Books | Webinars | Online Learning | Videos
More than 60 years ago, 48 countries signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. With this act, the United Nations took a stand to declare that "all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights," and "all peoples and all nations . . . shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms." Educators in a modern democratic society keep this spirit alive by ensuring that their students become active, well-informed, and caring citizens. In order to do so, schools must commit to the essentials of a democratic education: freedom, discussion, involvement, and equality (see below for more information).
An education which prepares young people for active participation in democratic society is a critical element of any whole child approach to education, and reflects best practices in curriculum and instruction across all content areas. It fulfills the civic mission of schools and reflects a deep understanding of the global economy and society in which young people from all walks of life participate.
Learn about the American model of democratic education
Learn more about the four essentials of democratic education
The articles in this section have been organized by the essential elements of a democratic education.
Note: Members can access the full text of all articles by logging in.
The following books explore the various essentials of democratic education. See free sample chapters, study guides, and author interviews through the links below.
Subscribe to ASCD Express, our twice-monthly e-mail newsletter, to have practical, actionable strategies and information delivered to your e-mail inbox twice a month.
ASCD respects intellectual property rights and adheres to the laws governing them. Learn more about our permissions policy and submit your request online.