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The Drama of PossibilityExperience as Philosophy of Culture$
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John J. McDermott and Douglas R. Anderson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226627

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226627.001.0001

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Cultural Literacy

Cultural Literacy

A Time for a New Curriculum

(p.458) Chapter Twenty-Four Cultural Literacy
The Drama of Possibility

John J. McDermott

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents an essay on the need to develop a new curriculum in the U.S. that would improve the students' cultural literacy. Public precollegiate education is in disarray and despite all efforts from different concerned parties, even those students who proceed to colleges and universities seem culturally deprived. It suggests that pedagogy is hapless and empty if it does not face directly the deep and pervasive dialectic between the historical and genetic conditioning of the person and the impress of the novelties of the physical and social world.

Keywords:   cultural literacy, public precollegiate education, curriculum, pedagogy, college students, essay

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