Civility Lost: The Media, Politics, and Education

Civility Lost: The Media, Politics, and Education

by George A. Goens


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The United States is undergoing serious splintering that threatens, not only relationships, but also politics and society as a whole. Divisions are emphasized. Disagreements turn into name-calling and castigating. Issues are sharply painted in right or wrong, ethical and unethical, intelligent or unenlightened colors.

The country's motto is E Pluribus Unum, out of many, one. Philosophy and principle, not force or fear, unite the country through ideals that celebrate the sovereignty and authority of all citizens.

Education has an essential role. An educated citizenry is essential to understand issues and engage in a rational and civil conversation about how to address them. Education must explore civil dialogue to bring people together and engage constructively about democratic principles and values.

This book explores principles and expectations for a democratic society, and how differences can be approached civilly to explore and define solutions. Citizens must engage in respectful conversations to build greater understanding. Differences are inevitable in democratic republic by its very nature. Civility is essential for citizens to engage in self-government.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475840438
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/09/2019
Pages: 166
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

George A. Goens. Ph.D. served at all levels of education as a teacher, administrator, superintendent, as well as an associate professor in a graduate program. He has authored six books and co-authored four others.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - The Disuniting of America
Chapter 2 - Media and Political Parties
Chapter 3 - The Common Good
Chapter 4 - A Civil Society
Chapter 5 - The Bedrock of Democracy: Public Education
Chapter 6 - Education, Civility and Democracy
Chapter 7 - Principles, Values, and Stewardship
Chapter 8 - Reason and Truth
Chapter 9 - Citizenship and Civility
Chapter 10 - Thinking and Civil Dialogue
Chapter 11 - Knowledgeable and Wise Citizenship
Chapter 12 - Epilogue - The Foundation for a Civil Society
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