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

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L. Erlbaum Associates, Publishers, 2006 - Education - 178 pages
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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: Educational Philosophies of Authority, Freedom, and Culture From Socrates to Human Rights, Second Edition, a critically original work, is widely used as a text for courses across the fields of philosophical, social, political, and historical foundations of education, and critical issues in education. Reflecting its global relevance, a Chinese translation was published by the University of Peking Press in 2005.

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Joel Spring is currently a professor at Queens College 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. Joel Spring worked as a railroad conductor on the Illinois Central Railroad and for many years lived each summer on an island off the coast of Sitka, Alaska. His novel, "Alaskan Visions," includes many of his Alaskan experiences. Professor Spring's 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 20 scholarly books, with the most recent being "Pedagogies of Globalization: The Rise of the Educational Security State"; "How Educational Ideologies are Shaping Global Society"; "Education and the Rise of the Global Economy"; and "The Globalization and Educational Rights." His book, "Wheels in the Head: Educational Philosophies of Authority, Freedom, and Culture from Socrates to Human Rights," has recently been translated into Chinese and published by the University of Peking Press.

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