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Democratic education

Author: Amy Gutmann
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1987.
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Who should have the authority to shape the education of citizens in a democracy? This is the central question posed by Amy Gutmann in the first book-length study of the democratic theory of education. The author tackles a wide range of issues, from the democratic case against book banning to the role of teachers' unions in education, as well as the vexed questions of public support for private schools and  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Amy Gutmann
ISBN: 0691077363 9780691077369 0691022771 9780691022772
OCLC Number: 14933397
Description: xii, 321 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: back to basics. Why a theory? ; Why a democratic theory? ; Why focus on education? ; Translating theory into practice --
States and education. The family state ; The state of families ; The state of individuals ; A democratic state of education --
The purposes of primary education. Deliberation and democratic character ; Amoralism ; Liberal neutrality ; Moralism ; Parental choice --
Dimensions of democratic participation. Levels of democratic control ; Democratic professionalism ; Teachers' unions ; Democracy within schools --
The limits of democratic authority. Banning and approving books ; Teaching creationism and civics ; Sex education and sexist education ; Private schools ; Dissent within public schools ; Separating moral from religious education ; Limiting the limits --
Distributing primary schooling. Interpreting equal educational opportunity ; Financing public schools ; Educating the disadvantaged ; Integrating schools ; The demands of democratic opportunity --
The purposes of higher education. Academic freedom and freedom of the academy ; Educating officeholders ; Fostering associational freedom --
Distributing higher education. Nondiscrimination ; Racial discriminations ; Compensatory college education ; Funding higher education --
Extramural education. Outside of families and schools ; Libraries ; Television and democratic education ; Television and democratic culture ; New technology --
Educating adults. Adults and democratic culture ; Adults and higher education ; Illiteracy: back again to basics --
Conclusion: the primacy of political education. Discretion in work and participation in politics ; Political education ; Democratic education and democratic theory.
Responsibility: Amy Gutmann.

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Who should have the authority to shape the education of citizens in a democracy? This is the central question posed by Amy Gutmann in the first book-length study of the democratic theory of education. The author tackles a wide range of issues, from the democratic case against book banning to the role of teachers' unions in education, as well as the vexed questions of public support for private schools and affirmative action in college admissions.

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