Authority and the Teacher seeks to overturban the notion that authority is a restrictive force within education, serving only to stifle creativity and drown out the voice of the student. William H. Kitchen argues that any education must have, as one of its cornerstones, a component which encourages the fullest development of knowledge, which serves as the great educational emancipator. In this version of knowledge-driven education, the teacher's authority should be absolute, so as to ensure that the teacher has the scope to liberate their pupils. The pupil, in the avoidance of ignorance, can thus embrace what is rightfully theirs; the inheritance of intellectual riches passed down through time.
By invoking the work of three major philosophers – Polanyi, Oakeshott and Wittgenstein – as well as contributions from other key thinkers on authority, this book underpins previous claims for the need for authority in education with the philosophical clout necessary to ensure these arguments permeate modern mainstream educational thinking.
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About the Author
William H. Kitchen is Researcher in the Philosophy of Education at the School of Education, University of Belfast, UK.
Table of Contents
Foreword Chris Woodhead
Introduction: An Education to be Fearful for
Part I: The Background
1. Sociological Background
2. Philosophical and Theoretical Background
3. A Definition of Authority
4. Authority: Why all the fuss?
Part II: The Argument
5. Polanyi on Authority
6. Oakeshott on Authority
7.The Need for Authority in Knowledge, Teaching and Learning, and Education
8. Wittgenstein on Authority