ERIC Number: ED368848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
An Aristocracy of Everyone. The Politics of Education and the Future of America.
Barber, Benjamin R.
This book 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. Education must emphasize democracy as much as it does the pursuit of excellence. By doing this, young Americans will gain an apprenticeship in liberty--one grounded in a renewed commitment to community service. This approach is presented as a means of providing Americans with the literacy to live in a civil society and the competence to participate in democratic communities, while promoting excellence in education that will maintain America's economic, technical, and political preeminence in a rapidly changing world. It shows that education offers the only path toward rebuilding and reinvigorating the United States, and that this is a path that must now be followed. (GLR)
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Democratic Values, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Nationalism, Politics of Education, Role of Education, Social Change
Oxford University Press, Inc., Business Office, 2001 Evans Rd., Cary, NC 27513 (paperback: ISBN-0-19-509154-X, $11.95; hardcover: ISBN-0-345-37040-6).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A