An Aristocracy of Everyone: The Politics of Education and the Future of America / Edition 1

An Aristocracy of Everyone: The Politics of Education and the Future of America / Edition 1

by Benjamin R. Barber
     
 

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ISBN-10: 019509154X

ISBN-13: 9780195091540

Pub. Date: 04/28/1994

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In a book that fundamentally alters the terms of the current debate over education in America, Benjamin R. Barber argues that rather than pursuing a debate defined by controversy over who should be taught, what should be taught, and how it should be paid for, Americans must address education for what it is: the well-spring of democracy in the United States. In this

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In a book that fundamentally alters the terms of the current debate over education in America, Benjamin R. Barber argues that rather than pursuing a debate defined by controversy over who should be taught, what should be taught, and how it should be paid for, Americans must address education for what it is: the well-spring of democracy in the United States. In this timely, witty, and readable account, Barber emphatically shows that education must emphasize democracy as much as it does the pursuit of excellence. With such an education, young Americans will gain nothing less than an apprenticeship in liberty -- one grounded in a renewed commitment to community service -- an idea that Barber put into practice at Rutgers University, and one which President Clinton has embraced as the key to a revitalized America. This approach will provide Americans the literacy to live in a civil society and the competence to participate in democratic communities, while promoting an educational excellence that will maintain America's economic, technical, and political preeminence in a rapidly changing world.

An Aristocracy of Everyone shows that education offers the only path toward rebuilding and reinvigorating the United States, and that this is a path we must begin to follow now.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195091540
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1994
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,127,900
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue3
Chapter 1Teaching Temporality17
Chapter 2To Be an American40
Chapter 3Loose Canons78
Chapter 4Radical Excesses and Post-Modernism107
Chapter 5Conservative Excesses and Allan Bloom151
Chapter 6What Our Forty-Seven-Year-Olds Know192
Chapter 7Teaching Democracy Through Community Service230
Epilogue262
Notes269
Bibliography287
Index293

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