Wheels in the Head: Educational Philosophies of Authority, Freedom, and Culture from Confucianism to Human Rights / Edition 3

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In this popular text Joel Spring provocatively analyzes the ideas of traditional and non-traditional philosophies from Confucianism to human rights regarding the contribution of education to the creation of a democratic society. The goal is to explore how governments use education to control and manage their populations, and to examine forms of education that claim to free people from authoritarian control. A critically original work, it is widely used as a text for courses on philosophical, social, political, and historical foundations of education, and critical issues in education. Reflecting its global relevance, a Chinese translation was published by the University of Peking Press in 2005.

New in the third edition:

  • Expanded analysis of the use of education by authoritarian states
  • Revisions to more clearly relate educational ideas to the theme of “wheels in the head” – a phrase coined by philosopher Max Stirner - to describe the use of schools by modern governments to control their citizens
  • New sections on liberation education and on human rights education
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Meet the Author

Joel Spring is Professor at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His major research interests are history of education, globalization and education, multicultural education, Native American culture, the politics of education, and human rights education. He is the author of over twenty scholarly volumes and textbooks.

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Autocratic and Democratic Forms of Education
Education and the Authoritarian State     3
Education and the Modern Authoritarian State: The Soviet Union and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)     27
Authority and Education in a Democratic State     45
Dissenting Traditions in Education
Traditions of Dissent to Government Education     67
Free Schools     85
Free Space and No Schools     105
The Politics of Culture
Cultural Unity and Cultural Literacy     121
National or World Cultures?     141
The Politics of Gender
Classical Liberalism and the Politics of Gender     159
Reason and Motherhood     183
Education and Human Rights
Liberation Education: Pedagogy of the Oppressed     205
Human Rights Education     223
About the Author     241
Index     243
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