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Nationalism and Civic Education

by J. Montgomery Gambrill - 1922

Civic education is greatly preoccupied with small-group relations and personal conduct and manners, which are important both in themselves and as foundations (like ability to read or equipment to earn a living in a useful occupation), but by no means include the major public problems of modern society. These larger and more difficult problems need vastly more study in relation to civic education than they have yet received. For example, the revelations of the Army Intelligence Tests regarding the incapacity of nearly one half of our population for any beyond the most elementary reasoning are a challenge to the current religion of democracy and the associated educational theories now universally accepted. Can political democracy be defended at all? What light can we get from an inquiry as to when and why and how political democracy originated and developed in the modern world? Can anything better be substituted, in the light of the world-old exploitation by ruling classes of the ruled, the never-ending battle between the privileged and the unprivileged? What should education do in the face of this large and complex problem?

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 23 Number 2, 1922, p. 109-120
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4141, Date Accessed: 3/30/2020 1:45:23 PM

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