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Love of Country

What does “Patriotism” have to do with “Education”? Hugh Curtler explains quite eloquently within the American context something that I think applies to democratic countries everywhere. Please, read on…



Back in July of 2012 I wrote this post about the relationship between education and democracy, a relationship I, like many others, consider essential. A part of that discussion is about patriotism, and given today’s sudden interest in the notion, featuring many who have no idea whatever what the word means, I thought it timely to trot out the post and ask readers to consider it once again. I have modified the post a bit to bring it up to date.

Years ago John Dewey wrote a book titled Democracy and Education in which he argued convincingly that a democratic system required an educated citizenry. In fact, Dewey went so far as to insist that the purpose of education is to turn out citizens who are enlightened enough to select their leaders and understand what they are up to. It’s not about jobs or self-esteem; it’s about gaining…

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Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December 2013 and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (, to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

12 thoughts on “Love of Country”

    1. No, they don’t, Opher! Reminds me that even when I was growing up, the Catholic Church discouraged their faithful from reading the Bible on their own – ye gad, they might draw some erroneous conclusions about the Word of God! It comes back to that hegemony word!


    1. Honestly? I don’t think present-day citizens in our democracies are much different from the Roman masses – give them their bread and games and they go home happy. Having said that, I dare not lose hope… we don’t need another Hitler running the world.

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        1. Justin Trudeau is the advocate – and our Prime Minister. He won the election of 2015 by crisscrossing the country (as the leader of the 3rd party) meeting ordinary people and listening to them. He learned that from his maternal grandfather.

          By the way, Bernie Sanders is in Ontario right now on a fact-finding trip to check out our health care system. In an interview, he said the health care up here is every bit as good – if not better – as the care in the US and for half the price. He said he’s amazed that our government provides care without out of pocket charges for every man woman and child in the country. Go Bernie!

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            1. We’re happy with our health care. The best thing about it is that we don’t have to worry about bankruptcy if a family member needs expensive care. I hope Bernie runs next time.

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