Preparing Democratic Citizens: The Arts as a Cosmopolitan Discourse
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The purpose of this work is to examine the rhetoric and reality of western education in light of cosmopolitan philosophy, and offer a prescription for a cosmopolitan education. Cultural democracy is viewed as the pursuant result of practicing the cosmopolitan ethic, and the value of practicing cosmopolitanism is delineated. Cosmopolitanism is described as a discourse allowing for participation in a globalizing world, and the process of discourse acquisition is analyzed with specific attention paid to the theories of sociologist J. Paul Gee. Prominent educational philosophy of the 20th and 21st century is explored to determine the relationship between cosmopolitan and education rhetorics, and relies on educational researchers Sleeter and Grant to illustrate whether the reality lives up to the rhetoric. In the end, arts-integrated education is offered as a multi-cultural, interdisciplinary practice that fosters the acquisition of cosmopolitan discourse.