The major cause of our crisis in education is lack of agreement on the purpose of education. We can agree on what that purpose is, Richard Dagger argues. if we define it as the promotion of autonomy and civic virtue. Autonomy and civic virtue are often taken to be incompatible because one has to do with individual liberty and the other with collective responsibility. Dagger shows that the charge of incompatibility does not hold up under analysis. The two terms are, rather, complementary.

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Fall 1990

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Copyright © 1990 Ohio Wesleyan University's Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs. This article first appeared in The Civic Arts Review 3:4 (1990), 11-16.

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