Rodrigo Ttito and Juan del Real
October 07, 2014
Donald Kagan. "Democracy Requires a Patriotic education." The Wall Street Journal 26 sep. 2014.
The article "Democracy Requires a Patriotic Education" that appears in The Wall
on september 26 ilustrates the what the government want to do in school, they want to include in school patriotism. In the article shows that some important figures of the American history and other important people from other countries want to include this in their education.
I completely disagree with the fact that patriotism should promoted at schools to help democracy although the article make some good points like when it said “They reason that if a state or a community is to be good, its citizens must be good…”, I could see how making the teachers and faculty at a school give a patriotic education for the kids, would make them better citizens for what is democracy. I disagree with the fact that you would have to force the kids to become patriots, I believe that patriotism should be a choice, that it should be forced upon anyone. Democracy its a matter of ones personal opinion and by forcing a patriotic education upon children, although it might make communities work better, it is not the governments right to force any kind of education upon their citizens. Mr. Kagan also made a reference to a historical figure, Thomas Jefferson he said “Jefferson regarded education as essential to the establishment of and maintenance of good policy”, although I agree with this statement establishing a good policy is different than forcing someone to behave, think or act in a patriotic way. I believe that a community can have a “good policy” and still have the freedom to think and act however they choose to. If you want a good democracy give the people the option to think differently. ...
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