What does it mean to be ""patriotic"" in the United States after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001? And how have the prevailing notions of patriotism - loudly trumpeted in American media - affected education in American schools? In this wide-ranging and spirited book, renowned educational leaders, classroom practitioners, as well political activists answer these questions with insights, opinions, and hard facts. Contributors focus on critical issues related to patriotism and democracy in education including the social studies curriculum, military recruitment in schools, and student dissent. They investigate the ways our schools have changed since 9/11 and examine the efforts of educators who refuse to toe the new ""patriotic"" line. This timely volume provide a provocative yet grounded exploration of how schools are mediating national patriotic sentiments.
Joel Westheimer is Professor and University Research Chair in Democracy and Education at the University of Ottawa and co-director of DemocraticDialogue.com. He is the author of numerous articles on education and author of Among School Teachers: Community, Autonomy, and Ideology in Teachers' Work (Teachers College Press).