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

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McGraw-Hill College, 1999 - Education - 178 pages
This overview of various philosophies and philosophers relevant to Education covers democracy, freedom, political despotism, human rights, and the politics of culture and of gender. Within each of these the text identifies obstacles to achieving freedom and political power. In the second edition a new concluding chapter proposes a solution for the authoritarian tendencies of government-operated schools and addresses the problem that for any school outside groups want to influence the content of instruction.

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Education and the Authoritarian State
Educational Problems in a Democratic State
Traditions of Dissent to Government Education

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Joel Spring is on the faculty at Queens College of the City University of New York. His many publications include "Political Agendas for Education: From the Religious Right to the Green Party, Third Edition; Globalization and Educational Rights: An Intercivilizational Analysis; The Universal Right to Education: Justification, Definition, and Guidelines; Education and the Rise of the Global Economy; The Cultural Transformation of a Native American Family and Its Tribe 1763-1995; American Education, Twelfth Edition; The American School 1642-2000, Fifth Edition; Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality: A Brief History of the Education of Dominated Cultures in the United States, Fourth Edition; Wheels in the Head: Educational Philosophies of Authority, Freedom, and Culture From Socrates to Paulo Freire, Second Edition; " and "Conflicts of Interest: The Politics of American Education, Fourth Edition." He is the series editor of the Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education. This series focuses on studies of public and private institutions, the media, and academic disciplines that contribute to educating--in the broadest sense--students and the general public.

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