How to teach children democracy?

September 8, 2009 10:34pm CST
As a parent I think teaching democracy is important because it will give them some foundation for being a good citizen. But, the questions are: How to teach the value of democracy in family? In what age should we teach democracy? Should we just leave to school to teach them democracy?
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@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
9 Sep 09
Hi Riani, I still believe in 'leading by example'.. So, we must practice 'democracy' at home. Children are very observant, they pick up very fast, unbelievable! I gues by the time they are 7, can understand simple 'principle of life'...start them with given them choices and make decision. They will be able to make more decisions as they progress later as teens and into adulthood. Cheers!
• Indonesia
10 Sep 09
I try your suggestion. I give my kid (3 years old) some choices...But, instead of choosing in the end my kid won't listen just do what she likes...hmmm takes patient to make her understand. Anyhow it is a process...
• China
9 Sep 09
Democracy is an ever-lasting issue people talk about.School is a good place to receive such education for kids,but it's not enough.As parents ,we should know the mental world of the kids,we have to know what they are thinking ,how they value things around them.We could tell our kids democracy through stories,videos,books,tv,etc.It's a long process,but we know our efforts are worthwhile,because they could learn to be friendly to others,tell evil from justice,have the consciousness to build up a peaceful and equal world.
• Indonesia
10 Sep 09
I believe democracy should be taught not only at school but how we teach democracy? I mean it is an abstract concept but in practical ways I still don't know especially for my 3 years kid.
• Philippines
2 Sep 10
i believe democracy is not learned through theories and teachings of a teacher... kids should see that they are allowed to express and to say their concerns in a family and be heard so they will realize by experience the importance of democracy and that they will be used to the idea so they will never be afraid to speak their mind inside or outside the family....=) that is based on my experience i hope anyone will learn from this=)