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Patriotic Education in a Global Age$
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Randall Curren and Charles Dorn

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226552255

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226552422.001.0001

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The Education We Need

The Education We Need

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Patriotic Education in a Global Age

Randall Curren

Charles Dorn

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 4 examines the conceptions of patriotism, rationales, and methods detailed in chapters 1-3. It undertakes this examination in light of recent scholarship on patriotic education and a philosophical understanding of justice, education, and human flourishing. It opens with the argument that patriotism provides the essential motivational basis for civic responsibility, sketches a basic ethic of respect for persons as rationally self-determining individuals, explains some implications of this ethic for political legitimacy and education, and offer a brief account of just institutions and the education that justice requires. On that basis, the chapter goes on to outline a philosophical theory of education that will serve as the basis for an account of responsible civic education in chapter 5. The relevance of motivation research to motivation-focused arguments for patriotic education is clear, but ignored, so the chapter explains the role of psychological needs in motivation and some implications of research in motivational psychology for responsible citizenship and traditional and Progressive approaches to patriotic education. It argues that contemporary research on motivation undermines key assumptions on which rationales and methods for inculcating patriotism have rested, while providing the basis for a more complex view of the motivation that can sustain civic responsibility.

Keywords:   moralizing history, legitimacy, aims of education, just institutions, pschological needs, internalization of values, civic virtues

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