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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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Global Civic Education

Global Civic Education

(p.121) Six Global Civic Education
Patriotic Education in a Global Age

Randall Curren

Charles Dorn

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 6 addresses global civic education as a focus of higher education. It aims to overcome widely perceived tensions between patriotism and international cooperation and skepticism about the idea of global citizenship and the possibility of global civic friendship. It argues that global civic education is needed both to prepare students for global cooperation in a world of global interdependence, and as a foundation for the legitimacy of the terms of international governance. The formative goal of such education is to prepare global citizens who (1) possess understanding, capabilities, and virtues conducive to living well together as members of a cooperative global community; (2) are engaged in global constitutional activity exhibiting such understanding, capabilities, and virtues; and (3) are connected to one another by bonds of global civic friendship. The chapter envisions these attributes, activities, and bonds as grounded in a liberal arts curriculum and established largely through participation in global service projects. The form of civic education defended is a globalized version of the Progressive Era’s “community civics” model, and the chapter concludes with the proposal that global and community-based problem-focused learning be bridged by regional initiatives that address the problems of rural communities left behind by economic globalization.

Keywords:   global citizenship, global civic education, legitimacy, Association of American Colleges and Universities, service learning, self-organized governance, climate destabilization

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