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Word for Word discusses the democratic experiment...online

Posted at 4:00 PM on March 9, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

This week's Word for Word already has me thinking. The speech from author and educator Parker Palmer asserts, "a truly functioning democracy must contain elements of tension and conflict in order to thrive." Do others feel the same? Some questions posed in their online discussion:

"Are young people able to handle heartbreak when things don't work out their way? Is anyone? Why do people shut down in the political process when their candidate doesn't win?"

Parker addressed a question about the excitement the 2008 race seems to be generating among young people by stating, "heartbreak is part of the process" and the role of elders is to help these young citizens understand that. Join the online discussion with your perspective on the different roles we play for each other in an election.

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