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Patriotic Education in a Global Age By Randall Curren

Patriotic Education in a Global Age by Randall Curren

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Patriotic Education in a Global Age by Randall Curren

Should schools attempt to cultivate patriotism? If so, why? And what conception of patriotism should drive those efforts? Is patriotism essential to preserving national unity, sustaining vigorous commitment to just institutions, or motivating national service? Are the hazards of patriotism so great as to overshadow its potential benefits? Is there a genuinely virtuous form of patriotism that societies and schools should strive to cultivate?

In Patriotic Education in a Global Age, philosopher Randall Curren and historian Charles Dorn address these questions as they seek to understand what role patriotism might legitimately play in schools as an aspect of civic education. They trace the aims and rationales that have guided the inculcation of patriotism in American schools over the years, the methods by which schools have sought to cultivate patriotism, and the conceptions of patriotism at work in those aims, rationales, and methods. They then examine what those conceptions mean for justice, education, and human flourishing. Though the history of attempts to cultivate patriotism in schools offers both positive and cautionary lessons, Curren and Dorn ultimately argue that a civic education organized around three components of civic virtue--intelligence, friendship, and competence--and an inclusive and enabling school community can contribute to the development of a virtuous form of patriotism that is compatible with equal citizenship, reasoned dissent, global justice, and devotion to the health of democratic institutions and the natural environment. Patriotic Education in a Global Age mounts a spirited defense of democratic institutions as it situates an understanding of patriotism in the context of nationalist, populist, and authoritarian movements in the United States and Europe, and will be of interest to anyone concerned about polarization in public life and the future of democracy.

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"By articulating a new conception of virtuous patriotism and by emphasizing the importance of civic virtues, such as civic intelligence and civic friendship, for human flourishing, Curren and Dorn make an important new contribution to our understanding of the nature and the promise of education for virtuous civic engagement. . . . Particularly compelling about Curren and Dorn's vision of patriotic education is their respect for diversity and dissent, their appreciation of the value of autonomy, creativity, and critical thinking. . . . Another particularly valuable aspect of Patriotic Education in a Global Age is the interdisciplinarity of Curren and Dorn's approach--the novel way in which they bring together insights from history, philosophy and psychology to forge a single perspective on patriotic education that draws on the resources of all these disciplines."--Natalia Rogach "Studies in Philosophy and Education"
"The received wisdom about patriotism in virtue-ethics and civic-education circles is that it is at best anachronistic; at worst a retrograde and flawed virtue. This fascinating study dispels the received wisdom through an argument that draws on rich historical, philosophical, psychological, and educational sources. The book develops an account of virtuous patriotism, answerable to moral standards that transcend, and sometimes override, a country's ideals. This compelling account is of a demilitarized, demythologized virtue that allows for dissent and involves moral motivation and good judgment. The authors delineate civic intelligence, civic friendship, and civic competence as components of civic virtue and end up proposing nothing less than a comprehensive theory of civic education. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in civic education-and bold enough to be ready to give patriotism a second hearing."--Kristjan Kristjansson, Professor of Character Education and Virtue Ethics, University of Birmingham, U.K. "Studies in Philosophy and Education"
"The fifth entry in the History and Philosophy of Education Series from the University of Chicago Press maintains the impressively high standard set by its predecessors. . . . The authors write with elegance and authority: their history of patriotism in schools is masterful and their general theory of education largely compelling. Like its sister volumes, Patriotic Education in a Global Age stands as a powerful testament to the value of collaboration between historians and philosophers."-- "Theory and Research in Education"

About Randall Curren

Randall Curren is professor and chair of philosophy and professor of education at the University of Rochester. He is the author of Aristotle on the Necessity of Public Education and coauthor of Living Well Now and in the Future, Why Sustainability Matters. Charles Dorn is associate dean for academic affairs and professor of education at Bowdoin College. He is the author of American Education, Democracy, and the Second World War and For the Common Good: A New History of Higher Education in America.

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Patriotic Education in a Global Age by Randall Curren
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