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The Resource The death of "why?" : the decline of questioning and the future of democracy, Andrea Batista Schlesinger

The death of "why?" : the decline of questioning and the future of democracy, Andrea Batista Schlesinger

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The death of "why?" : the decline of questioning and the future of democracy
Title
The death of "why?"
Title remainder
the decline of questioning and the future of democracy
Statement of responsibility
Andrea Batista Schlesinger
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The spirit of inquiry is the engine of democracy. The democratic process is nothing less than citizens regularly asking what kind of society they want to live in and whom they want to lead them. But more and more people are avoiding the whole messy business of questioning. Americans are instead being trained to look for ready-made answers, with potentially dire implications for the health of our society. In this impassioned new book, Andrea Batista Schlesinger argues that we?re besieged by cultural forces that urge us to avoid independent thought and critical analysis. The media reduces politics to a spectator sport, focusing on polls and personalities rather than issues and ideas. Schools teach to standardized tests?students learn to fill in the bubbles, not open their minds.?Financial literacy? courses have replaced civics classes, graduating smart shoppers rather than informed citizens. Even the Internet promotes habits that discourage inquiry. Regurgitating search-engine results becomes a substitute for genuine research and reflection. Social networks promote connection rather than engagement. With all the information available online, over a third of those younger than twenty-five say they get no news on a typical day, up from 25 percent in 1998. The situation isn?t hopeless. Batista Schlesinger spotlights individuals and institutions across the country that are working to renew a healthy sense of curiosity and skepticism, particularly in American?s youth. It is, at this point, an uphill battle but one well worth undertaking. The Death of?Why?? offers both a penetrating socio-cultural critique of our current path and a way forward for cultivating inquiry and reinvigorating our democracy
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CDX
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Schlesinger, Andrea Batista
Dewey number
306.43/20973
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ799.2.P6
LC item number
S354 2009eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
A BK currents book
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  • Youth
  • Civics
  • Political participation
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • Civics
  • Political participation
  • Youth
  • United States
Label
The death of "why?" : the decline of questioning and the future of democracy, Andrea Batista Schlesinger
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Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Questions and Power; Part I: Culture: Questions or Answers?; Part II: Schools: Citizens or Consumers?; Part III: Politics: Engaged or Connected?; Conclusion: A Call for Slow Democracy; Notes; Acknowledgments; Index; About the Author
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449521055
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unknown
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 254 pages)
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9781605091389
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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  • cl0500000124
  • 76f13d97-0988-47e0-a8b8-03a71bcee8da
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not applicable
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unknown
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Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)449521055
Label
The death of "why?" : the decline of questioning and the future of democracy, Andrea Batista Schlesinger
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Questions and Power; Part I: Culture: Questions or Answers?; Part II: Schools: Citizens or Consumers?; Part III: Politics: Engaged or Connected?; Conclusion: A Call for Slow Democracy; Notes; Acknowledgments; Index; About the Author
Control code
449521055
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 254 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781605091389
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • cl0500000124
  • 76f13d97-0988-47e0-a8b8-03a71bcee8da
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)449521055

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