Many people place great stock in the importance of civic virtue to the success of democratic communities. Is this hope well-grounded? The fundamental question is whether it is even possible to cultivate ethical and civic virtues in the first place. Taking for granted that it is possible, at least three further questions arise: What are the key elements of civic virtue? How should we cultivate these virtuous dispositions? And finally, how should schools be organized in order to make the education of citizen possible? These interrelated questions are the focus of this collection. By considering these questions from a variety of philosophical perspectives ranging from moral psychology, philosophy of education, and political philosophy, the nine essays assembled here advance our understanding of the challenges we face in trying to shape children to be virtuous citizens.
Introduction: Shaping Citizen and Their Schools
Colin Macleod and Christine Tappolet
1. The Citizen and the Situation: Situationism, Schooling and the Cultivation of Civic Virtues
2. Should Teachers Encourage Curiosity?
Michael S. Brady
3. Civic Education in the Post-Truth Era: Intellectual Virtues and the Epistemic Threats of Social Media
4. Creating Civil Citizens? The Value and Limits of Teaching Civility in Schools
Andrée-Anne Cormier and Harry Brighouse
5. Polarization, Partisanship, and Civic Education
Meira Levinson and Ellis Reid
6. School Councils as Seedbeds of Civil Virtue? Liberal Citizenship Theory in Dialogue with Educational Research
Bruce Maxwell and Nicolas Tanchuk
7. Non-Domination and Political Liberal Citizenship Education
8. Freedom as Non-Domination and Civic Education: Legalistic or Virtue Centered?
9. Equality and Adequacy as Distributive Ideals for Education
Rob Reich and Debra Satz