Educating Tomorrow's Valuable Citizen

Edited by Joan N. Burstyn

Subjects: Education
Paperback : 9780791429488, 240 pages, July 1996
Hardcover : 9780791429471, 240 pages, July 1996

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Table of contents

1. "What we call the beginning is often the end …"
Joan N. Burstyn

2. Educating for Public and Private Life: Beyond the False Dilemma
James M. Giarelli and Ellen Giarelli

3. Developing the Good Person: The Role of Local Publics
Thomas Mauhs-Pugh

4. To Illuminate or Indoctrinate: Education for Participatory Democracy
Jerilyn Fay Kelle

5. Subverting the Capitalist Model for Education: What Does it Mean to Educate Children to be Valuable Members of a Valuable Society?
Zeus Yiamouyiannis

6. Assaulting the Last Bastions of Authoritarianism: Democratic Education Meets Classroom Discipline
Barbara McEwan

7. Practice Makes Perfect: Civic Education by Precept and Example
Donald Warren

8. Preparing Citizens for a Decent Society: Educating for Virtue
John Covaleskie

9. Service Learning as Civic Education: Difference, Culture War, and the Material Basis of a Good Life
Mary B. Stanley

10. Meeting the Demands of Postmodern Society
Joan N. Burstyn

11. "The end is where we start from …"
Joan N. Burstyn




The authors discuss the dilemmas that face those who would educate tomorrow's valuable citizens and describe the day-to-day commitment needed to maintain a community. Important questions are asked: How do our public schools educate children to become members of our particular "public?" What problems face citizens of a democracy committed to both pluralism and equity? How has the meaning of citizenship changed as our society has evolved? In a world made interdependent through technology, how can one best define citizenship?

The book's various perspectives provide guidelines for action through examples of current programs, and the reader is invited to join new forums to discuss questions raised—forums that allow for heated, but civil, disagreement. Only by engaging in such discussions can a public consensus be reached on the best ways to educate for tomorrow.

Contributors include John Covaleskie, Ellen Giarelli, James Giarelli, Jerilyn Fay Kelle, Thomas Mauhs-Pugh, Barbara McEwan, Mary B. Stanley, Donald Warren, and Zeus Yiamouyiannis.

Joan N. Burstyn is Professor of Cultural Foundations of Education and of History at Syracuse University. She is the author of Victorian Education and the Ideal of Womanhood, as well as two books of poetry, Song Cycle and Waiting for the Lame Horse, and is the editor of Preparation for Life?: The Paradox of Education in the Late Twentieth Century and Desktop Publishing in the University.


"Civic education is addressed in this book by exploring a number of theories about its nature and purpose. At the same time, none of the authors refuses to consider practical meaning and applications of their ideas. While there are a number of books on ideas in post-modernism and participatory democracy, none successfully brings these ideas (and others) to focus on civic education as does this book. It is a book that deserves to be read, and especially to be placed in the hands of students in teacher education. " — J. J. Chambliss, Rutgers University