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Philosophy of education which was presented to undergraduates as an excursion into the most
controversial issues facing American education and society. Students were told at the outset of the
course that the primary learning would not grow out of the content of the course per se, but rather out
of the processhow we would encounter and negotiate the many sharp differences which were bound
to emerge as we studied the war in Iraq and same-sex marriage, to name two controversial issues we
were going to tackle. Despite my hopes for raising the collective level of dialogue in the classroom, we
failed, I think, to reach these higher levels. It was as if a silent covenant had been enacted among the
students to be silent in order to avoid further outbreaks of civic discord and division.

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Philosophy of education which was presented to undergraduates as an excursion into the most controversial issues facing American education and society. Students were told at the outset of the course that the primary learning would not grow out of the content of the course per se, but rather out of the process—how we would encounter and negotiate the many sharp differences which were bound to emerge as we studied the war in Iraq and same-sex marriage, to name two controversial issues we were going to tackle. Despite my hopes for raising the collective level of dialogue in the classroom, we failed, I think, to reach these higher levels. It was as if a silent covenant had been enacted among the students to be silent in order to avoid further outbreaks of civic discord and division. Name: Description: ...
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