ERIC Number: EJ774492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
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Patriotism: "Us" and "Them"
Phi Delta Kappan, v87 n8 p605 Apr 2006
From their first recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, students are taught that the most important unit of social analysis is the nation-state and that people on this side of the border constitute "us," whereas those on the other side of the line are "them." By the time students enter a global studies class as high school juniors, they have had years of nationalistic indoctrination. To be blunt, it is a process that can make youngsters stupid and mean-spirited. In an era of wagon-circling patriotism, the author suggests that educators need to have the courage to challenge the students to question the narrow nationalism that is so deeply embedded in the traditional curriculum.
Descriptors: Patriotism, Global Education, Nationalism, Curriculum, Consciousness Raising, Social Studies, Civics, Social Attitudes, Treaties, Foreign Countries
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