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The Fortress Monastery: The Future of the Common Core


by Mark Holmes - 1988

The common school, the common program, and general education may be seen as all-embracing ideals, of which the common core is merely a diminutive version. I prefer to see the common core as representing the soul which gives meaning to our cultural continuity as well as the heart which permits cultural survival. It has been beset by the loss of faith that marks the modern age and by the destructive centrifugalism that marks the disintegration of the western democratic empire. A determination must be made, first, whether a common core should be sustained, second, what it will look like and, third, how it can be saved.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 87, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 89 Number 6, 1988, p. 231-258
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18973, Date Accessed: 6/2/2020 12:00:37 PM

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