The Demands of Liberal Education

Paperback | January 1, 2002

byMeira Levinson

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What should the aims of education be in a liberal society and who should exercise control over education? How can children be taught to become good citizens of a pluralistic state? The Demands of Liberal Education seeks to answer these questions by drawing upon political theory, philosophy ofeducation, and empirical research to develop a liberal theory of children's education that is provocative and new. The book argues that contrary to the assumptions of many philosophers, educators, parents and politicians, the liberal state is obligated as a matter of justice to help all childrendevelop the capacity for autonomy. Levinson argues that liberal governments should exercise much greater control over schools than they now do.

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What should the aims of education be in a liberal society and who should exercise control over education? How can children be taught to become good citizens of a pluralistic state? The Demands of Liberal Education seeks to answer these questions by drawing upon political theory, philosophy ofeducation, and empirical research to develop...

Dr Meira Levinson is a Teacher at Atlanta Public Schools.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:250 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.55 inPublished:January 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199250448

ISBN - 13:9780199250448

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Autonomy and the Foundations of Contemporary LiberalismThe Development of AutonomyModifying the Liberal Educational IdealCulture, choice, and Citizenship: Schooling Private Citizens in the Public SquareMaking Sense of it All: Transforming Political Theory into Educational Policy

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"A ringing and important defense of a robust liberal educational ideal. Levinson moves surefootedly between theory and practice, and tackles the deepest problems facing the future of educational policymaking in modern liberal democracies." Professor Stephen Macedo, author of Diversity andDistrust: Civic Education in a Multicultural Democracy, and Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, New Jersey