Murphy, M. M. (2006). The history and philosophy of education: Voices of educational pioneers. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
According to Murphy (2006), why the Roman Empire fell is a question which scholars still debate today. From the point of view of education, we can note several factors: the family structure was weakened, citizenship and patriotism were no longer taught, and virtue was not stressed or sought as a way of life. The schools were asked to fill in for what was lacking in the family and in society.
At least a few of characteristics mentioned, as causes for the fall of Rome, are alive in America today.