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On Education : The Thinking in Action Series - Harry Brighouse

On Education

The Thinking in Action Series

Paperback Published: 1st January 2006
ISBN: 9780415327909
Number Of Pages: 160

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What should education be for? Should it produce workers or educate future citizens? Is there a place for faith schools - and should patriotism be taught?
In this compelling and controversial book, Harry Brighouse takes on all these urgent questions and more. He argues that schooling should be guided by a fundamental principle, often overlooked by politicians and policy makers: the moral interests of the children being taught.
In making his case, he argues that children share four fundamental interests: becoming autonomous, capable of making their own judgments about what values to adopt; acquiring the skills that will enable them to become economically self-sufficient as adults; being exposed to a range of activities and experiences that will enable them to flourish in their personal lives; and developing a sense of justice.
He criticizes sharply those who place the interests of the economy before those of children, and assesses the arguments for and against the controversial issues of 'faith schools and the teaching of patriotism.
Clearly argued but provocative, "On Education" draws on recent examples from Britain and North America as well as famous thinkers on education such as Aristotle and John Locke. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the present state of education and its future.

Industry Reviews

'a rare example of a philosophical discourse with a direct relevance to contemporary policymaking...If forthcoming debates about education policy do not draw heavily on what he has to say here, then they will be severely impoverished' Julian Baggini, Times Educational Supplement 'Clearheaded, acutely perceptive, and utterly lucid, this is the one book about education which everyone can and should make time to read.' - Randall Curren, University of Rochester, USA 'This is a clearly structured and thought-out book!It's polemical but also introduces the reader to key arguments and issues.' - Stephen Law, Royal Institute of Philosophy

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Educational Aimsp. 11
Educating for Self-Governmentp. 13
Educating for Economic Participationp. 27
Educating for Flourishingp. 42
Creating Citizensp. 62
Controversial Policy Issuesp. 75
Should Governments Support Religious Schools?p. 77
Should Schools Teach Patriotism?p. 95
Should Citizenship Education be Compulsory?p. 115
Conclusionp. 131
Notesp. 137
Indexp. 141
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ISBN: 9780415327909
ISBN-10: 0415327903
Series: Thinking in Action
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st January 2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.05 x 12.07  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1