Pledging Allegiance: The Politics of Patriotism in American's Schools

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The Pledge of Allegiance is just 31 words long, but even though many adults can't recite it, this century-old school ritual remains a lightning rod of controversy about the meaning of patriotism. In Pledging Allegiance, 13 contributors explore the real meaning of patriotism in the post-9/11 world. The contributors include Diane Ravitch, Cindy Sheehan, and Studs Terkel. Howell Zinn wrote the foreword.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807747513
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Series: Teaching for Social Justice Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Howard Zinn     xi
Acknowledgments     xvii
Introduction     1
Once Upon a Time When Patriotism Was What You Did   Gloria Ladson-Billings     13
No Black in the Union Jack: The Ambivalent Patriotism of Black Americans   Charles M. Payne     21
Educators in the War on Terrorism   Pedro Noguera   Robby Cohen     25
"Children Are the Living Message We Send to a Time We Will Not See"   Delaine Eastin     35
The Psychology of Patriotism   Michael J. Bader     39
Second Fiddle to Fear   Denise Walsh     45
On Patriotism and the Yankees: Lessons Learned From Being a Fan   Deborah Meier     49
Patriotism, Nationalism, and Our Jobs as Americans   James W. Loewen     61
Another Way to Teach Politically Without P.C.: Teaching the Debate About Patriotism   Gerald Graff     65
Pledging Allegiance   Walter C. Parker     71
Patriotism Is a Bad Idea at a Dangerous Time   Robert Jensen     75
Patriotism Makes Kids Stupid   Bill Bigelow     87
Celebrating America   Diane Ravitch     91
Teaching Patriotism-with Conviction   Chester E. Finn Jr.     95
Hearts and Minds: Military Recruitment and the High School Battlefield   William Ayers     99
Weapons of Fatal Seduction: Latinos and the Military   Hector Calderon     109
A Small Space of Sanity   Studs Terkel     113
Is Patriotism Good for Democracy?   Joseph Kahne   Ellen Middaugh     115
I Solemnly Swear   Joan Kent Kvitka     127
Patriotism and Ideological Diversity in the Classroom   Diana Hess   Louis Ganzler     131
Toeing the Line and the Law: First Amendment Rights in Schools   Karen Emily Suurtamm   Edwin C. Garden, Esq.     139
"Patriotism, Eh?" The Canadian Version   Sharon Anne Cook     145
Patriot Acts: This Isn't the First Time   Cecilia O'Leary     153
Patriotism's Secret History   Peter Dreier   Dick Flacks     165
Politics and Patriotism in Education   Joel Westheimer     171
Poetry and Patriotism   Maxine Greene     189
Patriotism by the Numbers   Cindy Sheehan     191
Resources for Educators     195
Notes     198
About the Editor and Contributors      207
Index     213
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