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Civics Education: Patriotism or Skepticism?
Last Featured: 9/8/2003

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After September 11th, President Bush launched a new civics education initiative that sparked an ideological battle in schools and on university campuses over whether the role of educators is to instill patriotism or teach skepticism. Conservative critics charged that left-wing academe "blamed America first." But educators and campus activists claimed they were looking at the attacks in the context of U.S. foreign policy toward the Arab world. Should social studies curricula emphasize the contributions of Western culture or promote a more multicultural, egalitarian vision of the world?

Peter Gibbon is a research associate in education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A history teacher and administrator for thirty years, Dr. Gibbon is the former headmaster of Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York. Widely published in newspapers, magazines and professional journals, Dr. Gibbon is the author of A Call to Heroism: Renewing America’s Vision of Greatness. In the last several years Dr. Gibbon has traveled around the country talking to general audiences and to middle and high school students about heroism. He is a graduate of Harvard College and has a Ph.D. from Columbia University Teachers College.

Howard Zinn is one of the nation’s premier historians and playwrights. A professor of political science at Boston University for nearly 25 years, Dr. Zinn is the author of more than 20 history books that have been translated into 13 languages. His A People's History of the United States was nominated for the American Book Award. A graduate of New York University and with a Ph.D. from Columbia University, Professor Zinn is the winner of numerous awards including the Thomas Merton Award, 1991, Lannan Literary Award 1998, the Eugene V. Debs Award, 1998, the Upton Sinclair Award, 1999 and the Roger Baldwin Award, 2000.

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"Liberty without learning is always in peril and learning without liberty is always in vain."

— John F. Kennedy

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