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ERIC Number: EJ774487
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Once upon a Time when Patriotism Was What You Did
Ladson-Billings, Gloria
Phi Delta Kappan, v87 n8 p585-588 Apr 2006
In this article, the author hopes to address the challenge of patriotism in this current age. She wants to challenge those who are patriotic enough to criticize common discourses about the nation and national policies to work on recapturing the language so that real debate is not only possible but valued. She makes her argument in a time when this bold kind of patriotism is being eroded in favor of a "new patriotism" that is more akin to indoctrination than critical and analytic citizenship and civic discourse. Borrowing the words of a courageous school board member, the author reminds everyone that "patriotism is not what you say; patriotism is what you do." One cannot legislate or bully people into patriotic submission. One must inspire them to patriotic action. (Contains 5 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States
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