Patriotism Orientations in the US Public School Curriculum Persuasive Essay by Nicky

A discussion on how the sense of patriotism in the US public school curriculum can inhibit students from understanding topics from the perspective of other nations or people.
# 151418 | 3,138 words | 7 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 11, 2012 in Education (Curriculum)

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The paper discusses the patriotism in the US public school curriculum and how it results in the exclusion of how the United States is perceived by people from other countries and a strict avoidance concerning issues where the United States has failed to live up to its democratic ideals and principles. The paper argues that ethnocentristic views dominate the curriculum and young people are failing to gain the broad picture of the world they need to understand topics from the perspective of other nations or people.

Statement of the Problem
Review of the Literature

From the Paper:

"While citizenship in the United States is automatic for those born here, there are some important responsibilities that go hand in hand with this status. According to Black's Law Dictionary (1991), a citizen is "one who, under the Constitution and laws of the United States, is a member of the political community, owing allegiance and being entitled to the enjoyment of full civil rights" (p. 244). Because they "owe allegiance" to the United States, public schools in the United States routinely require all students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing the National Anthem as part of a larger citizenship education process. The need to instill a sense of patriotism and allegiance in a nation's citizenry through citizenship education is certainly not a new trend, but actually dates to ancient Greece around 776 BCE (Heater, 2003). The ancient Greeks, like modern America, recognized the need for a patriotic citizenry that was ready, willing and able to make the ultimate sacrifice if the situation called for in defense of their country. According to Berns (1997), "Patriotism means love of country and implies a readiness to sacrifice for it, to fight for it, perhaps even to give one's life for it" (p. 19). Certainly, patriotism was highly valued in ancient Greece just as it is widely regarded as an admirable value for modern Americans."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berns, W. (1997, Spring). On patriotism. Public Interest, 127, 19-20.
  • Black's law dictionary. (1991). St. Paul, MN: West Publishing Co.
  • Dynneson, T. L. (1999). What's hot and what's not effective citizenship instruction. Social Studies, 83(5), 199-200.
  • Heater, D. (2003). A history of education for citizenship. New York: RoutledgeFalmer.
  • Hess, F. M. (2004). What is a 'public school'? Principles for a new century. Phi Delta Kappan, 85(6), 433.

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