Honesty, kindness, integrity, volunteerism, responsibility and respectfulness are all necessary attributes of a good person, but they are not sufficient in developing a democratic citizen.
Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Genghis Khan would have all relished the opportunity to rule good people with such qualities.
Working hard and being nice are not enough to engage and maintain democratic citizenry. If we wish to truly maintain the democracy that we've fought so hard to create, then we have to empower our children - our future - with the opportunity to engage in a democratic learning environment.
Autonomy must be an aim of education.
If we don't instill social justice in children when they are young and in school how can we possibly hope to perpetuate the democratic ideals we have come to cherish?