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Making Good Citizens: Education and Civil Society / Edition 1
     

Making Good Citizens: Education and Civil Society / Edition 1

by Diane Ravitch
 

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ISBN-10: 0300099177

ISBN-13: 9780300099171

Pub. Date: 08/11/2003

Publisher: Yale University Press

Americans have reason to be concerned about the condition of American democracy at the start of the twenty-first century. Surveys show that civic participation has declined, cynicism about government has increased, and young people have a weak grasp of the principles that underlie our constitutional system. Crucial questions must be answered: How serious is the

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Americans have reason to be concerned about the condition of American democracy at the start of the twenty-first century. Surveys show that civic participation has declined, cynicism about government has increased, and young people have a weak grasp of the principles that underlie our constitutional system. Crucial questions must be answered: How serious is the situation? What role do schools play in shaping civic behavior? Are current education reform initiatives—such as multiculturalism and school choice—counterproductive? How can schools contribute toward reversing the trend?
This volume brings together leading thinkers from a variety of disciplines to probe the relation between a healthy democracy and education. Their original and provocative discussions cut across a range of important topics: the cultivation of democratic values, the formation of social capital in schools and communities, political conflict in a pluralist society, the place of religion in public life, the enduring problems of racial inequality. Gathering together the most current research and thinking on education and civil society, this is a book that deserves the attention of everyone who cares about the quality and future of American democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300099171
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/11/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introduction1
Diane Ravitch and Joseph P Viteritti
1 Education and Democracy15
Diane Ravitch
2 Education and Democratic Citizenship30
Norman Nie and D Sunshine Hillygus
3 Community-Based Social Capital and Educational Performance58
Robert D Putnam
4 Fluctuations of Social Capital in an Urban Neighborhood96
Gerald Grant
5 To Not Fade Away: Restoring Civil Identity Among the Young122
William Damon
6 Moral Disagreement, Moral Education, Common Ground142
Warren A Nord
7 Some Problems in Acknowledging Diversity168
Nathan Glazer
8 Education and Citizenship in an Age of Pluralism187
Mark Holmes
9 Common Education and the Democratic Ideal213
Rosemary C Salomone
10 Once More into the Breach: Reflections on Jefferson,
Madison, and the Religion Problem233
Jack N Rakove
11 Civil Society, Religion, and the Formation of Citizens263
Jean Bethke Elshtain
12 Schooling and Religious Pluralism279
Alan Wolfe
13 Religion and Education: American Exceptionalism?297
Charles L Glenn
14 Risking Choice, Redressing Inequality326
Joseph P Viteritti
List of Contributors344
Index347

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