What should the aims of education be in a liberal society? 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 on political theory, philosophy of education, and empirical research to develop a liberal theory of children's education. Author Meira Levinson 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 children develop the capacity for autonomy. Forwarding a provocative new view, Levinson contends that liberal governments should exercise much greater control over schools than they currently maintain.
"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 and Distrust: Civic Education in a Multicultural Democracy, and Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University,
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