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Making good citizens : education and civil society
Ravitch, Diane.
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New Haven : Yale University Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
vii, 358 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction / Diane Ravitch & Joseph P. Viteritti -- Education and democracy / Diane Ravitch -- Education and democratic citizenship / Norman Nie & D. Sunshine Hillygus -- Community-based social capital and educational performance / Robert D. Putnam -- Fluctuations of social capital in an urban neighborhood / Gerald Grant -- To not fade away : restoring civil identity among the young / William Damon -- Moral disagreement, moral education, common ground / Warren A. Nord -- Some problems in acknowledging diversity / Nathan Glazer -- Education and citizenship in an age of pluralism / Mark Holmes -- Common education and the democratic ideal / Rosemary C. Salomone -- Once more into the breach : reflections on Jefferson, Madison, and the religion problem / Jack N. Rakove -- Civil society, religion, and the formation of citizens / Jean Bethke Elshtain -- Schooling and religious pluralism / Alan Wolfe -- Religion and education : American exceptionalism? / Charles L. Glenn -- Risking choice, redressing inequality / Joseph P. Viteritti.
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LC1091 .M28 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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 behaviour? 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 recent research and thinking on education and civil society, this is a book that deserves the attention of everyone who cares about the q

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Library Journal Review

In this timely book, Ravitch and Viteritti, professors at New York University and coeditors of New Schools for a New Century, explore the link between education and citizenship through a series of essays by contributors from a broad spectrum of educational institutions. Some of the essays are research-oriented, filled with charts and data from various studies, while others are less technical. All consider some aspect of the role of education in shaping students for civic responsibility. For example, is it wrong to stress patriotism to American students? Should our top priority be teaching students the importance of being a U.S. citizen, or should we instead stress that they are citizens of the globe? If the number of Americans who volunteer for civic and political causes is decreasing, is U.S. education to blame? And how can teachers instill values such as honesty when students see that in politics and entertainment corruption often is rewarded? There's something here for everyone, from the academic interested in data to the common citizen wondering what, if anything, is wrong with American education. The essays are well written and thought-provoking. For most collections. Terry Christner, Hutchinson P.L., KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Ravitch and Viteritti (New York Univ.) assemble an interdisciplinary set of essays from diverse fields such as education, public policy, social and political ethics, sociology, law, and religion to treat intriguing connections between US citizenship and its schools. The articles range from empirically based, data-driven studies on social capital to more speculative philosophical pieces on civil society and pluralism. The contributors raise interesting questions throughout the book but tend to view the issues through rather mainstream consensual lenses. With few exceptions, most of them decry the "civic lethargy" of American citizens without highlighting the deeper social, economic, and political inequities and sense of powerlessness that generate widespread "social disengagement." A more profound perspective on the latter issue can be gleaned from Benjamin R. Barber's Strong Democracy: Participatory Politics for a New Age (1985). Recommended for graduate, research, and professional collections. J. L. DeVitis University of Louisville