~Core Democratic Values~
Core democratic values are the basic beliefs that unite
all Americans. These values are found in the Declaration
of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and other
important documents of our nation.
Common Good- The public or common good requires that individual citizens have the commitment and motivation--that they accept their obligation--to promote the welfare of the community and to work together with other members for the greater benefit of all.
Diversity- Variety in culture and ethnic background, race, lifestyle, and belief is not only permissible but desirable and beneficial in a pluralist society.
Equality- All people have the right to be treated equal (the same).
Justice- People should be treated fairly in the distribution of the benefits and burdens of society, the correction of wrongs and injuries, and in the gathering of information and making of decisions.
Liberty-The right to liberty is considered an unalterable aspect of the human condition. Central to this idea of liberty is the understanding that the political or personal obligations of parents or ancestors cannot be legitimately forced on people. The right to liberty includes personal freedom: the private realm in which the individual is free to act, to think and to believe, and which the government cannot legitimately invade; political freedom: the right to participate freely in the political process, choose and remove public officials, to be governed under a rule of law; the right to a free flow of information and ideas, open debate and right of assembly; and economic freedom: the right to acquire, use, transfer and dispose of private property without unreasonable governmental interference; the right to seek employment wherever one pleases; to change employment at will; and to engage in any lawful economic activity.
Life-The individual's right to life should be considered inviolable except in certain highly restricted and extreme circumstances, such as the use of deadly force to protect one's own or others' lives.
Patriotism- Virtuous citizens display a devotion to their country, including devotion to the fundamental values and principles upon which it depends.
citizenry is collectively the sovereign of the state and holds ultimate
authority over public officials and their policies.
Rule of Law-Both
government and the governed should be subject to the law.
Information from-Michigan Department of Education -
~Core Democratic Values~
Common Good- Help others at home or at school; picking up trash, helping to set the table, cleaning up the park' helping to take care of a younger brother or sister
Diversity- Work and play with everyone; playing with other kids from different backgrounds
Equality- Give everyone an equal
Justice-Take turns and be fair to others; waiting politely in line to get a drink, waiting your turn to play with a toy
Liberty- Follow your beliefs and let others follow theirs; voting in an election, having a job and getting paid
Life-Rules are written to keep us safe, we need to follow these rules; stopping at stop signs, obeying speed limits
Patriotism-Use the Core Democratic Values at home and at school, Pledge of Allegiance
Popular Sovereignty- Power comes from authority
Rule Of Law- Rules are made for everyone to follow
The Pursuit of Happiness- Have fun, but follow the rules at home and at school; doing something that makes you happy; getting a new pet, eating ice cream
Truth- Tell the truth.