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What Is An American Education?

by Richard Rodriguez - 2008

The argument is between those who think education should teach that Americans are of one purpose and those who believe that education should teach that Americans are of many purposes but tolerant among ourselves. The debate can be observed as shuttling between right and left, but curiously so. For it is the right urging a communal curriculum, while arguments for individualismóthe Protestant argumentsócome from the left.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 107, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 110 Number 14, 2008, p. 59-63
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 22833, Date Accessed: 1/18/2022 7:53:16 AM

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  • Richard Rodriguez
    New America Media
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    Richard Rodriguez is an associate editor with New America Media and author most recently of Brown: The Last Discovery of America (Penguin). Copyright © 1987 by Richard Rodriguez. Originally appeared in Education Week (September 9, 1987). Reprinted by permission of Georges Borchardt, Inc., on behalf of the author.
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