Advertisement

Academic Questions

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 177–181 | Cite as

Civic Disengagement

  • Robert MarantoEmail author
THE “NEW CIVICS”: WHAT IS TO BE DONE?
  • 120 Downloads

Even as Americans’ formal levels of education have risen in the past half-century, our actual understanding of how our government works has declined.1 How did this happen?

Part of the answer is that public schools, which were designed in the nineteenth century to hold the American republic together by teaching constitutional values and love of country, came to focus instead on custodial care and building skills for economic success, and more recently, inculcating political correctness, diversity, sustainability, self-esteem, and “social justice.”2

Professors of education at universities took for granted the nation’s continuation, or in some cases actively rooted against it. Even those who loved America embraced the progressive mindset that the masses need not and in fact probably could not understand government. Rule by technocratic elites, university-trained experts, would supplant mass influence and thus eliminate the need for traditional education in citizenship.3

Second, in the...

Keywords

Military Service Academic Question Charter School Core Knowledge American Enterprise Institute 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Education ReformUniversity of ArkansasFayettevilleUSA

Personalised recommendations