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ERIC Number: EJ781977
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0013-175X
"Neither Dewey nor Dubya": An Alternative
Carpenter, Wade A.
Educational Horizons, v83 n4 p241-246 Sum 2005
As amply documented by "evangelical/liberal" Jim Wallis in his new "God's Politics", any country can be profoundly improved by voices of faith, hope, and love whose appeals are to reason, conscience, and civility, and who have avoided the entrapments of partisanship. Among such voices have been those of Martin Luther King, Desmond Tutu, Mohandas Gandhi, and John Paul II. The "high wall of separation" metaphor was written into federal law only with the "Everson" decision of 1947. Although the wall does much to protect children from zealotry, it may also be withholding from them the highest and deepest learning accumulated by many of the greatest thinkers, and helping to reduce the schools' curricula to the dull minimalism of No Child Left Behind. While it is unfair to blame the Bush administration for the bill--everybody has to admit it was depressingly bipartisan--everybody may fairly blame Dubya for the administration of the law, which has been either moronically rigid or fiendishly clever. (It is unclear which, since the evidence for its ineptitude and the assertion that NCLB is actually a brilliant "stalking horse for privatization" are equally plausible.) In this article, the author believes that a free, intelligent, and kindly people can avoid the extreme positions of Dewey and Dubya, of Orwell and of Cromwell. In the new spirit of the Catholics Maritain and John Paul II, perhaps a better metaphor for church-state relations can be found in the timeless Jewish Mishnah: "Be deliberate in judgment, make many students, and make a fence for the Torah." A fence, after all, is protective, but it does not conceal. (Contains 12 notes.)
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001