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

Benjamin R. Barber


This book sets a new agenda for the debate over education in America. It argues that both sides of the current debate—the elitist, anti-democratic conservatives and the radical champions of political correctness—have missed the point. The book 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 engender in students a commitment to community service, the literacy to live in a civil society, the competence to participate in democratic com ... More

Keywords: American education, political correctness, elitism, democracy, community service, civil society, pluralism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780195091540
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195091540.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin R. Barber, author
Rutgers University