Spring - Autumn 2013
Andreas M. Kazamias, Amalia A. Ifanti, Dimitra Triga
The democratic school is also faced with the dilemmas of universality or particularism, individual freedoms or – anti-liberal – communal ethics, teaching civil liberty (personal identity) or the cultivation of discipline in an established moral community (collective identity). The key question here is whether the democratic school can promote a sense of citizenship founded on universal values and simultaneously cultivate a common political morality, within which it will be able to reconcile the universal with the national values.
On a theoretical level, a possible answer to these questions is a republican form of political culture, and a corresponding sense of citizenship, cultivated in the democratic school, which brings together civil liberties / identities in the framework of a democratic ethos, understood as the product of an interaction between citizens, without discrimination in the distribution of rights and freedoms. Such democratic ethics cannot give priority to any identity and must harmonize, in conditions of equality, civil liberties with the interests of the – national – community “through continuously imperilled and revisable compositions.”
Panayiotis K. Persianis
Additionally, it presents a case study of teaching music at the 9th Elementary School of Chania in order to demonstrate how Music Education can influence and shape the political consciousness of students and the future of an active citizen.