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Smith, Spencer J. – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2019
Philosophers of education have long contemplated how the normative charge of education might include disruption of the status quo. Thinking about our work as being in battle with the status quo, though, is problematic. Partly, the author agrees with thinkers like George S. Counts that education can be a vehicle for social reconstruction. But he is…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Philosophy, Social Change, Democratic Values
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Gottlieb, Derek – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2019
The ongoing attempts to measure educational quality, to hold schools responsible for their performance against these measures, and to use the resulting data to design improvement initiatives have yet to yield the promised results. A universal definition of "good education" seems to elude our grasp. Despite broad public support for…
Descriptors: Democracy, Accountability, Educational Quality, Educational Policy
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Novakowski, Julia T. – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2017
In this essay, the author proposes that the field of Philosophy of Education is in search of its own second wind and can find guidance in the work and life of William James. This paper is meant to invite conversation on the challenges faced and provide potential solutions in the field. The goal is to find the "cash-value" of the field…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Educational Change, Progressive Education, Scholarship
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Anderson, Morgan – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2016
Educational discourse, particularly since the advent of recent educational reform initiatives, has become saturated with a discourse of "high expectations." One can hardly hope to hold a conversation regarding the problems facing American schools without someone innocently remarking that of course students need to be held to "high…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Discourse Analysis, Academic Standards, Common Core State Standards
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Dillon, Katrina – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2014
In this paper, the author contends that the ability to create a political realm is dependent upon one's state of freedom. She questions what it means to be free and whether assumptions of the definitions of this concept are always good or beneficial. After discussing some of the known theories about freedom, she states that schools are some…
Descriptors: Freedom, Educational Philosophy, Educational Change, Politics
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Rodgers, Keri – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2014
The small school movement originated in the democratic ideology of Deborah Meier, who sought to create schools that gave students, parents, teachers, and all stakeholders in the communities they served a voice in education. In New York City, Meier's vision was implemented haphazardly by a group of business and political elites able to pour…
Descriptors: Small Schools, Educational Philosophy, Educational Finance, Social Action
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Dunn, Jeffery W. – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2013
This article examines whether religious education plays a role in the promotion of harmonious international relations, arguing that a broad religious education with a dialogical approach goes to the heart of what it means to be a citizen in a global community. Christian theologian Hans Kung argues in his book "Judaism: Between Yesterday and…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Public Education, Curriculum, Citizenship Education
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Hurley, Angela – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2013
Henry A. Giroux claims this to be the "worst of times" for US public education. Not alone in this judgment, numerous other scholars stand in agreement with him. These thinkers view the current corporate/accountability/testing movement, with its iron grip on public school policies, as disfiguring and disparaging the US system of public…
Descriptors: Public Education, Educational Policy, Educational Philosophy, Problems
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Duarte, Eduardo M. – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2012
In his presidential address, which is included in this collection of papers, Kip Kline suggests that the time has arrived to redirect the work of philosophy of education away from the path of critical theory, and thus to depart from what he described as the discourse of "parrhesia." The author takes Kline's critique of critical philosophy of…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Critical Theory, Criticism, Risk
Watras, Joseph – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2011
In this comparative essay, the author discusses the opposing educational theories of John Dewey and Gregory Bateson. While Dewey believed that the scientific method was the dominant method of solving problems and thereby acquiring knowledge that mattered, Bateson warned that this one-sided approach would lead to actions that could destroy the…
Descriptors: Social Problems, Educational Theories, Scientific Methodology, Ecology
Scalia, Joseph, III; Scalia, Lynne – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2011
In this essay, the authors propose that there are certain psychoanalytic insights, at the intersection of the clinical and of critical social theory, which become crucial at precisely the point of recognizing the hidden curriculum. They contend that it is at this point that a political actor, and an educator or educational theorist interested in…
Descriptors: Hidden Curriculum, Poverty, Educational Policy, Social Theories
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Abowitz, Kathleen Knight – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2010
In the last decade, educational researchers and scholars have turned new attention to the theory and practice of community organizing as a method for addressing education injustices. While there are diverse traditions of community organizing work, by far the most influential model in US contexts is that of Saul Alinsky, whose "Rules for Radicals"…
Descriptors: Social Action, Educational Change, Community Organizations, Educational Researchers
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Simpson, Timothy Leahy – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2010
Inspired by the late John Gardner, in May 2000 the "Alliance for Regional Stewardship" (ARS) was formed as a "peer-to-peer network of regional leaders working across boundaries to solve tough community problems." According to the ARS, regional stewardship is the leadership needed to address the complex problems of one's time.…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Community Problems, Management Systems, Institutional Mission
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Gunzenhauser, Michael G. – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2007
This essay looks to varied conceptions of resistance with the aim of explaining how resistance might be incorporated into a notion of educator professionalism in the most effective way. The author contends that high-stakes accountability policy poses a complicated set of power relations for professional educators. Both students and educators are…
Descriptors: Professional Identity, High Stakes Tests, Accountability, Resistance to Change
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Osgood, Robert – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2006
For the past 150 years public schools in the United States have, in one form or another, tried to address the presence of children in classrooms whose cognitive, behavioral or physical characteristics have been deemed sufficiently problematic to merit a "special" education. Current federal law identifies thirteen categories of…
Descriptors: Vocabulary, Special Education, Educational Development, Educational History
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