Wheels in the Head Educational Philosophies of Authority, Freedom, and Culture from Confucianism to Human Rights

ISBN-10: 0805861335
ISBN-13: 9780805861334
Edition: 3rd 2008 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $45.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/19/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

In this popular text, Joel Spring provocatively analyzes the ideas of traditional and non-traditional philosophers, from Plato to Paulo Freire, regarding the contribution of education to the creation of a democratic society. Each section focuses on an important theme: Autocratic and Democratic Forms of Education; Dissenting Traditions in Education; The Politics of Culture; The Politics of Gender; and Education and Human Rights. This edition features a special emphasis on human rights education. Spring advocates a legally binding right to an education that includes an education in human rights. His argument is that until schools are required to fulfill a duty to protect human rights and teach others to protect human rights, government-operated schools will remain authoritarian rather than democratic institutions. Wheels in the Head, a critically original work, is widely used as a text for courses across the fields of philosophical, social, political, and historicalfoundations of education, and critical issues in education. Reflecting its global relevance, a Chinese translation was published by the University of Peking Press in 2005.

Joel Spring received his Ph.D. in educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin. He is currently a Professor at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His great-great-grandfather was the first Principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory and his grandfather, Joel S. Spring, was a local district chief at the time Indian Territory became Oklahoma. He currently teaches at Queens College of the City University of New York.His major research interests are history of education, multicultural education, Native American culture, the politics of education, global education, and human rights education. He is the author of over twenty books and the most recent are How Educational Ideologies are Shaping Global Society; Education and the Rise of the Global Economy; The Universal Right to Education: Justification, Definition, and Guidelines; Globalization and Educational Rights; and Educating the Consumer Citizen: A History of the Marriage of Schools, Advertising, and Media.

Preface
Autocratic and Democratic Forms of Education
Education and the Authoritarian State
Education and the Modern Authoritarian State: The Soviet Union and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)
Authority and Education in a Democratic State
Dissenting Traditions in Education
Traditions of Dissent to Government Education
Free Schools
Free Space and No Schools
The Politics of Culture
Cultural Unity and Cultural Literacy
National or World Cultures?
The Politics of Gender
Classical Liberalism and the Politics of Gender
Reason and Motherhood
Education and Human Rights
Liberation Education: Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Human Rights Education
About the Author
Index

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