Patriotism, history and the legitimate aims of american education

Educational Philosophy and Theory 41 (4):378-398 (2009)
This article argues that while an attachment to one's country is both natural and even partially justifiable, cultivating loyal patriotism in schools is untenable insofar as it conflicts with the legitimate aims of education. These aims include the epistemological competence necessary for ascertaining important truths germane to the various disciplines; the cultivation of critical thinking skills ; and developing the capacity for economic self‐reliance. The author argues that loyal patriotism may result in a myopic understanding of history, an unhealthy attitude of superiority relative to other cultures, and a coerced sense of attachment to one's homeland
Keywords coercion  partiality  history  patriotism  loyalty  legitimacy
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DOI 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2007.00363.x
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