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ERIC Number: EJ774485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
"Patriotism, Eh?" The Canadian Version
Cook, Sharon Anne
Phi Delta Kappan, v87 n8 p589-593 Apr 2006
How does patriotism look north of the 49th parallel? In this article, the author explores the answers to this question and examines the "quiet nationalism" that characterizes Canadians' views of themselves and their nation. One of Canada's best-known philosophers, John Ralston Saul, argues that Canada's contribution to the world has been to build a new type of quiet nationalism, characterized most fundamentally by the tradition of compromise between the three founding people: French, English, and First Nations. Adding to its heterogeneous mixture, Canada has welcomed a larger percentage of immigrants compared with its population base than has any Western nation over the past century, Saul asserts, including the United States. The concepts and proclivities underpinning this tradition of compromise--self-effacement, careful and endless debate on a shifting agenda of priorities, the notion of "limited identities" to describe the range of competing factors (regional, linguistic, racial, and ethnocultural among others) in every Canadian's sense of self--all of these are incompatible with strident patriotic fervor. In fact, patriotism is actively feared as having the potential to undo this frail consensus. Through the school curriculum, particularly in the prescriptions for history and social studies, objectives for citizenship training in this country have privileged understanding through debate rather than patriotism. Both curricular and school authorities have consistently taken the position that, while loyalty is good, patriotism is to be approached with caution. (Contains 11 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States