Classical Theories of Justification
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Democracy is usually thought of as a specific form of social control. It would be reasonable to expect therefore that the concept itself would intimate what was distinctive about it. To say that education is not democratic may, be to condemn it for falling short of the general moral demands made on an educational system by those committed to the democratic way of life. In brief, when the concept of 'democracy' is applied generally to political institutions rather than confined to its natural home in the Greek city-state, very little can be spun out of it in the way of institutional provisions. To start with, 'the people' to Greek political theorists meant 'the poor people' as opposed to the rich. But slaves and metics were excluded. Terms like 'consent' and 'the sovereignty of the people' have to be understood in the context in which they emerge. That education should be 'democratic' no one in a democracy would seriously dispute.