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ERIC Number: EJ772243
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1946
The Ideology of the American Dream: Two Competing Philosophies in Education, 1776-2006
Beach, J. M.
Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, v41 n2 p148-164 2007
This article puts forth 2 competing notions of the American Dream, 1 radical and 1 conservative (both put forth by Thomas Jefferson), as the basis for 2 competing public philosophies of American democracy and education. This article traces out the ecology of inequality that has determined the context of these 2 competing public philosophies, especially in relation to the evolution of U.S. education. The ideology of the American Dream is still a potent philosophical means for constructing reformist discourses for American politics and education. The rhetoric of the American Dream focuses on the unrealized promises found within the Declaration of Independence and it articulates the need of equality and freedom for all members of our society. This article traces the framework of these conflicting American Dreams from their inception and into our contemporary context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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