The War for Children's Minds

The War for Children's Minds

by Stephen Law
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415427681

ISBN-13: 9780415427685

Pub. Date: 05/22/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

How do we raise good children? How do we make good citizens? In defiant yet acute fashion, Stephen Law urges us to re-evaluate the liberal tradition of thinking about morality. Tackling authoritarian rhetoric head-on, he argues that children should learn about right and wrong, and respect for others, but that their education should be grounded in the hard-won

Overview

How do we raise good children? How do we make good citizens? In defiant yet acute fashion, Stephen Law urges us to re-evaluate the liberal tradition of thinking about morality. Tackling authoritarian rhetoric head-on, he argues that children should learn about right and wrong, and respect for others, but that their education should be grounded in the hard-won values of the Enlightenment. Taking on neo-conservatives and religious and media commentators, The War for Children's Minds is a candid and controversial call for a liberal, philosophically informed approach to raising children.

Rejecting accusations that liberal parenting is a Sixties hangover that entails an aimless 'whatever' attitude to morality, Stephen Law exposes the weaknesses of arguments calling for a return to authoritarian styles of moral education. He clearly shows that thinking for oneself does not mean that all moral points of view are equally good, or that we must reject faith in order to think freely.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415427685
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/22/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The ‘Twisted Legacy’ of Enlightenment 2. Liberal with a Capital 'L' 3. Liberal and Authoritarian Educational Methods 4. Why Be Liberal (with a Capital 'L') 5. Different Kinds of Authority 6. The Moral Malaise and Moral Relativism 7. What’s Wrong with Moral Relativism? 8. The Great Myth and the War for Children’s Minds 9. Reason and Morality 10. Good Habits and the Rise of ‘Character Education’ 11. Tradition and Community 12. Keeping the Masses in Line 13. Conclusion and Recommendation

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