"Citizenship under Fire" examines the relationship among civic
education, the culture of war, and the quest for peace. Drawing on
examples from Israel and the United States, Sigal Ben-Porath seeks
to understand how ideas about citizenship change when a country is
at war, and what educators can do to prevent some of the most
harmful of these changes.
Perhaps the most worrisome one, Ben-Porath contends, is a
growing emphasis in schools and elsewhere on social conformity, on
tendentious teaching of history, and on drawing stark distinctions
between them and us. As she writes, "The varying characteristics of
citizenship in times of war and peace add up to a distinction
between belligerent citizenship, which is typical of democracies in
wartime, and the liberal democratic citizenship that is
characteristic of more peaceful democracies."
Ben-Porath examines how various theories of
education--principally peace education, feminist education, and
multicultural education--speak to the distinctive challenges of
wartime. She argues that none of these theories are satisfactory on
their own theoretical terms or would translate easily into
practice. In the final chapter, she lays out her own alternative
theory--"expansive education"--which she believes holds out more
promise of widening the circles of participation in schools,
extending the scope of permissible debate, and diversifying the
questions asked about the opinions voiced.
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