1. What do you think are the most important reasons for low public trust in
government? How could public trust in government be increased?
2. Given that we have broad consensus in valuing liberty, equality, and democracy, why do we disagree so vehemently about the proper role of government in upholding those values?
3. When the values of liberty, equality and democracy come into conflict with one another, how should we decide which values should take precedence?
4. The development of a public education system is based on the idea that democracy requires an educated population trained in rational discussion and decision-making. This text states that knowledge of how the political system works is the most important requirement for citizenship in a democracy. In what ways does public education promote democratic citizenship?