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ERIC Number: EJ984438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0895-4852
An Unbalanced Crucible
Deneen, Patrick J.
Academic Questions, v25 n3 p337-342 Sep 2012
Long regarded by the vanguard of America's universities as antiquated and even dangerous, civic education is suddenly fashionable again. With the publication of "A Crucible Moment," a long battle in the culture wars appears to be winding down. It appears that everyone supports civic education today. For the past three decades, the ideal of civic education was the purview of the academic Right, a response to left-wing academic accusations against the West generally and America specifically for purported endorsement of racism, sexism, and colonialism. Now that civics has largely been expelled from the academy, the author opines that America's educational vanguard is suddenly eager to restore "civic education" to a place of pride within the universities. Yet this idea of civic education--certainly as articulated in "A Crucible Moment"--is neither civic nor educative. In light of the traditional understandings of civic education, what is altogether striking about "A Crucible Moment" is how radically it departs from all of the traditional desiderata of civic education--indeed, how very little it actually addresses any of these aspects of civic education, properly understood. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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