Review of Curren and Dorn, Patriotic Education in a Global Age
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At the end of the 2-h sing-along in the Bar of the “active 55” community where we now live, 20–30 people gather in the foyer and sing in succession “America the Beautiful,’ The Battle Hymn of the Republic,’ and finally, with our hands raised high, ‘God Bless America.’ The community manifests the civic virtues of friendship, intelligence and competence, which ground this book’s approach to virtuous patriotism. Many are immigrants, like myself, and are as responsive to these heartfelt displays of civic virtue and patriotism as are native-born Americans. As in any community, there are attitudes, rivalries, and never-ending gossip especially about personalities, affairs of the heart, sickness and death. But, virtuous patriotism is alive and well in this community of senior citizens, initiated in schools in the 1940s and 1950s so well analyzed and discussed in the historical chapters of the book, especially chapter 3.
Indeed, this is a book with a golden glow, of first-rate intellectual...