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

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Routledge, Aug 21, 2012 - Education - 272 pages
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In this popular text Joel Spring provocatively analyzes the ideas of traditional and non-traditional philosophies from Confucianism to human rights regarding the contribution of education to the creation of a democratic society. The goal is to explore how governments use education to control and manage their populations, and to examine forms of education that claim to free people from authoritarian control.

Wheels in the Head, a critically original work now in its third edition, is widely used as a text for courses on philosophical, social, political, and historical foundations of education, and critical issues in education. Reflecting its global relevance, a Chinese translation of the second edition was published in 2005.

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • Expanded analysis of the use of education by authoritarian states

  • Revisions to more clearly relate educational ideas to the theme of "wheels in the head" – a phrase coined by philosopher Max Stirner to describe the use of schools by modern governments to control their citizens.

  • New sections on liberation education and on human rights education
 

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Contents

PART 2 DISSENTING TRADITIONS IN EDUCATION
65
PART 3 THE POLITICS OF CULTURE
119
PART 4 THE POLITICS OF GENDER
157
PART 5 EDUCATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS
203
About the Author
241
Index
243
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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.

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