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Can teaching patriotism protect France?

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An interesting piece with this title in Sunday's Boston Globe describes efforts by the French government to encourage schools to emphasize patriotism to give students a sense of French identity and make them less likely to sympathize with or become terrorists.

I was particularly struck by a contrast noted by the author: in France, patriotism is being called upon by the socialist government as a reinforcement of values of the French republic, while in the US, a call to teach patriotism is seen as a conservative principle. The author attributes this to divergent views on multiculturalism as envisioned in the two countries.

For me, this may help to shed light on some of the opinions and controversies I have read on this message board, and on the ways some posters living on opposite sides of the Atlantic sometimes seem to be speaking at cross purposes.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2015/02/08/can-teaching-patriotism-protect-france/HaoiiO3wa5x38z9G6bwTXI/story.html

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