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

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Oxford University Press, 1994 - Philosophy - 307 pages
In a book that fundamentally alters the terms of the current debate over education in America, Barber argues that rather than pursuing a debate defined by controversy over who should be taught, what should be taught, and how it should be paid for, Americans must address education for what itis: the well-spring of democracy in the United States. 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 PresidentClinton has enbraced as the key to a revitalized America. This approach will provide Americans the literacy to live in a civil society and the competence to participate in democratic communities, while promoting an educational excellence that will maintain America's economic, technical, andpolitical preeminence in a rapidly changing world. An Aristocracy of Everyone shows that education offers the only path toward rebuilding and reinvigorating the United States, and that this is a path we must begin to follow now.

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Barber (Political Science/Rutgers Univ.; Liberating Feminism, 1974, etc.) tries to steer a middle course between radical democratic reformers of higher education and equally radical defenders of ... Read full review

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Barber (political science, Rutgers Univ.) claims that teaching liberty is the fundamental task of education in a democracy, and to lose sight of this basic principle is to imperil our society ... Read full review

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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).

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