An Aristocracy of Everyone

An Aristocracy of Everyone : Politics of Education and the Future of America

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In this book, Benjamin Barber sets a new agenda for the debate over education in America. He argues that both sides of the current debate: the elistist, anti-democratic conservatives and the radical champions of Political Correctness have missed the point. He argues that rather than arguing over who should be taught, what should be taught, and how it should be paid for, education must be addressed as the well-spring of democracy in the United States. Education should instil in students a commitment to community service, the literacy to live in a civil society, the competence to participate in democratic communities, the ability to think critically and deliberately in a pluralistic world, and empathy to help them understand their fellow more

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  • Paperback | 316 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 17.78mm | 181.44g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 019509154X
  • 9780195091540

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In this timely, witty, and readable account, Barber emphatically shows that education must emphasize democracy as much as it does the pursuit of excellence. With such an education, young Americans will gain nothing less than an apprenticeship in liberty-one grounded in a renewed commitment to community service-an idea that Barber put into practice at Rutgers University, and one which President Clinton has embraced as the key to a revitalized more

About Benjamin R. Barber

Benjamin R. Barber is Gershon and Carol Kekst Professor of Civil Society and the Wilson H. Elkins Professor at The Maryland School of Public Affairs at University of Maryland. He is also the author of Strong Democracy: Participatory Politics for a New Age (1984) and The Conquest of Politics (1988).show more

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I want to compliment Professor Benjamin Barber for his leadership and service. President Bill Clinton Exciting, controversial, but intellectually stimulating ... truly remarkable book. Library Journalshow more

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