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ERIC Number: EJ854068
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-4852
The Academy's Duty to Define Patriotism
Gitlin, Todd
Academic Questions, v15 n4 p27-31 Sep 2002
The author discusses how universities might serve the public interest by stirring up not fewer but more and deeper debates on the failures of intelligence that afflicted American institutions before 11 September 2001--and he does not refer simply to the feebleness of the FBI and other investigation bureaucracies. He refers to the parochialism, the collective and individual narcissism of American news; the gluttony and shallowness of American culture; the worship of athletes as "heroes"; the notion that extensive travel around the world and even (perish the thought!) knowledge of the names of foreign leaders are somehow a disqualification for leadership of the United States; and that ignorance and unreleased grades are, while not perhaps the most admirable of traits, ingratiating qualities in a prospective commander-in-chief--to name only a few subjects. Patriotism entails defense of the nation--the people, the air space, but also the just commitments. Surely, then, patriotism is more than compatible with higher education. What it needs, though, is not a pat on people's collective back. Not self-congratulation or patriotic catechisms. It needs a ripening in all institutions. It needs the best of their hearts and minds. Not silence, but vigor and intelligence--the highest of education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States