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The Foundations of Democracy Series consists of curricular materials for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade on four concepts fundamental to an understanding of politics and government: Authority, Privacy, Responsibility, and Justice. This multidisciplinary curriculum draws upon such fields as political philosophy, political science, law, history, literature, and environmental studies.
The Authority curriculum helps students
distinguish between authority and power
examine different sources of authority
use reasonable criteria for selecting people for positions of authority and for evaluating rules and laws
analyze benefits and costs of authority
evaluate, take, and defend positions on the proper scope and limits of authority
The Privacy curriculum helps students
understand the importance of privacy in a free society
analyze the benefits and costs of privacy
evaluate, take, and defend positions on the proper scope and limits of privacy
The Responsibility curriculum helps students
understand the importance of responsibility in a free society
analyze the benefits and costs of responsibility
evaluate, take, and defend positions on how conflicts among competing responsibilities should be resolved
evaluate, take, and defend positions on personal responsibility
The Justice curriculum helps students
understand and apply the basic principles of justice set forth in fundamental documents of our political and legal systems
consider fair distribution of the benefits and burdens of society
consider fair responses to remedy wrongs and injuries
consider fair practices for gathering information and making decisions
evaluate, take, and defend positions on issues of justice
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