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Wheels in the Head : Educational Philosophies of Authority, Freedom, and Culture from Confucian...

ISBN: 9780805861334 | 0805861335
Edition: 3rd
Format: Nonspecific Binding
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbau
Pub. Date: 9/19/2007

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In this popular text, Joel Spring provocatively analyzes the ideas of traditional and non-traditional philosophers, from Plato to Paulo Freire, regarding the contribution of education to the creation of a democratic society. Each section focuses on an important theme: 'úAutocratic and Democratic Forms of Education;'Ě 'úDissenting Traditions in Education;'Ě 'úThe Politics of Culture;'Ě 'úThe Politics of Gender;'Ě and 'úEducation and Human Rights.'Ě This edition features a special emphasis on human rights education. Spring advocates a legally binding right to an education that includes an education in human rights. His argument is that until schools are required to fulfill a duty to protect human rights and teach others to protect human rights, government-operated schools will remain authoritarian rather than democratic institutions. Wheels in the Head, a critically original work, is widely used as a text for courses across the fields of philosophical, social, political, and historicalfoundations of education, and critical issues in education. Reflecting its global relevance, a Chinese translation was published by the University of Peking Press in 2005.


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