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Should children be taught to be patriotic? This is a question on which educational theorists are deeply divided. One bone of contention is whether or not it is permissible to give children a one-sided, rose-tinted, or distorted account of national history in order to cultivate attachment to the nation. Another is whether or not there are good reasons for loving one’s country that can and should be presented to children. This entry considers arguments on both sides of these issues.

Just what is meant by “patriotism” is a contentious question in its own right. It is, however, generally accepted by educational theorists working in this area that patriotism is love of one’s country. To be patriotic is to have a strong emotional attachment to a national ...

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