Democratic Education

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Princeton University Press, Mar 29, 1999 - Education - 368 pages
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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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Contents

Back To Basics
3
States And Education
19
The Purposes Of Primary Education
48
Dimensions Of Democratic Participation
71
The Limits Of Democratic Authority
95
Distributing Primary Schooling
127
The Purposes Of Higher Education
172
Distributing Higher Education
194
Extramural Education
232
Educating Adults
256
The Primacy Of Political Education
282
Challenges Of Civic Minimalism Multiculturalism And Cosmopolitanism
292
Works Cited
317
Index
339
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Amy Gutmann is Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor and founding director of the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Her books include Freedom of Association and, with Anthony Appiah, Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race (both books available from Princeton) and, with Dennis Thompson, Democracy and Disagreement.

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