A reasoned patriotism is a love of country that develops because you have honestly and objectively considered your nation's history -- the good and the bad. It’s not something you adopt because someone told you to, and it’s not something you reject because it's the cool thing to do. We can honestly evaluate our nation's flaws while appreciating all that is good about our country. It does not have to be an "either/or" scenario.
In today’s media-driven world of fast-paced information saturation, people are losing their ability to think critically about the issues of the day. In addition, confusion abounds in our culture regarding patriotism and love of country. While some possess a fashionable disdain for their nation, others believe that America can do no wrong. Neither position is a balanced one. Is there a better way? These ideas are explored in A Reasoned Patriotism: Critical Thinking and Civic Duty in an Age of Polarization.
Additionally, in the appendix you will find practical suggestions for injecting patriotism and a sense of civic duty into your family culture, as well as an extensive collection of patriotic poems and songs.
Dawn and her family live on a military installation near Washington, D.C. As the wife of a soldier living in such close proximity to our nation’s capital, and in the process of homeschooling her sons, Dawn developed a love for American history and all things related to citizenship.
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A graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina, Dawn Duran is a physical therapist with more than 24 years of experience. Her background as a Division I collegiate volleyball player, strength and conditioning coach, and pilates instructor inspired Dawn to create Swedish Drill Revisited
( which can be found at www.swedishdrill.com ) to assist homeschooling families effectively embrace a forgotten form of physical education.
Dawn has always had a passion for teaching, and she dove into the world of higher education in 2001. She continues to teach classes in the Health Sciences for an online university. Dawn began homeschooling her sons using the Charlotte Mason philosophy more than a decade ago, and she continues to learn and grow alongside her children every day.
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