This overview of various philosophies and philosophers relevant to Education covers democracy, freedom, political despotism, human rights, and the politics of culture and of gender. Within each of these the text identifies obstacles to achieving freedom and political power. In the second edition a new concluding chapter proposes a solution for the authoritarian tendencies of government-operated schools and addresses the problem that for any school outside groups want to influence the content of instruction.
In dedicating this volume to one-time Karl Marx colleague Max Stirner, Spring (State U. of New York College-New Paltz) appropriates his phrase "wheels in the head" referring to ideas that own the individual rather than vice versa. The author demonstrates the relevance of traditional philosophies on the nature of knowledge (e.g. Plato and Allan Bloom) and dissenting ones (from John Stuart Mill and Mary Wollstonecroft to Paulo Freire and Carol Gilligan) to current education issues of multiculturalism, gender and human rights. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
PART I: AUTOCRATIC AND DEMOCRATIC FORMS OF EDUCATIONCHAPTER 1: Education and the Authoritarian State Plato: Education and The Republic Anton Makarenko: Education and the Modern Authoritarian State Conclusion: Characteristics of Education in the Authoritarian State CHAPTER 2: Educational Problems in a Democratic State Amy Gutmann: Nonrepression and Nondiscrimination John Dewey: Educating Democratic Citizens Henry Giroux: Critical Pedagogy Conclusion: The Problems of Education in the Democratic State PART II: DISSENTING TRADITIONS IN EDUCATION CHAPTER 3: Traditions of Dissent to Government Education Robert Molesworth and Cato's Letters: Freedom, Obedience, and Science William Godwin: Learning to Love Unjust Laws Max Stirner: Wheels in the Head Conclusion: John Stuart Mill: Despotism over the Mind CHAPTER 4: Free Schools Emma Goldman and Francisco Ferrer: Rational and Radical Education Leo Tolstoy: A Little Bit of God in All of Us The Modern School at Stelton (and more...)