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Novakowski, Julia – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2018
In the 2011-2012 school year, the teaching population was 82% white, a percentage that has barely changed in over two decades despite significant changes in the diversity of the student body. Considering this gap, as the demographics of students transform and representation in teaching remains largely homogenous, a conversation on pluralism and…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Educational Philosophy, Social Change, Moral Values
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Covaleskie, John – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2017
In this article, John Covaleskie briefly sketches a set of interlocking propositions about democratic education. First, he argues that "democratic life places moral demands on those who hold the office of citizen": democratic citizenship requires a certain degree of particular virtues, where virtue requires the development of both…
Descriptors: Democracy, Moral Values, Community, Justice
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Hurley, Angela; McCloud, Jennifer – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2017
The authors begin this essay by sharing excerpts taken from two events at their own liberal arts institution. One was from an opening convocation in 1967, and the second from an accreditation visit in 2014. The two episodes have been presented in order to illustrate the major differences in the ways university experiences have been thought about…
Descriptors: Colleges, Neoliberalism, Language Usage, Educational Policy
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Roberts, J. Kessa – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2016
In raising their children, parents confer certain advantages upon them. Harry Brighouse and Adam Swift argue that because these parental advantages increase inequality, parents should have the right to confer only advantages that are integral to the core good of the parent-child relationship: building an intimate relationship between parent and…
Descriptors: Ethics, Parent Child Relationship, Advantaged, Social Status
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Fraser-Burgess, Sheron; Rodgers, Keri L. – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2015
If a teacher instructs with greater attention to improving students' performance in order to protect her employment rather than solely to advance knowledge or character, is she acting immorally? This question has historical roots in Socrates's famed animosity toward the sophists. Socrates maintained that sophistic teaching was immoral because the…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Accountability, Educational Philosophy, Teaching Methods
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Liu, Xiangdong – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2014
In this article, the author examines Dewey's moral deliberation. Liu argues that Dewey's work will enrich both character education and Kohlberg's moral education. Liu focuses on character education and on Kohlberg's moral education because these are the two dominant approaches. Character education seeks to cultivate good…
Descriptors: Values Education, Moral Values, Citizenship Education, Children
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Stitzlein, Sarah M. – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2014
A small, but growing, number of states have legislation that protects the conscience of parents by allowing them to opt out of teaching practices and content. Most notably, HB 542 in New Hampshire allows parents to opt their children out of the teaching of any material or through any pedagogical style that they find "objectionable" to…
Descriptors: Curriculum, Educational Philosophy, Public Education, World Views
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Worley, Virginia – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2013
In this article, the author responds to the Presidential address, "Ethics for the New Political Economy: What Can It Mean to Be Professionally Responsible?" in which Michael G. Gunzenhauser defines, names, and proposes a professional ethics for educators: an ethics of the everyday. The author introduces her response by stating that…
Descriptors: Presidents, Ethics, Power Structure, Political Influences
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Gunzenhauser, Michael G. – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2013
In this address, the author builds the case that a new political economy of education, dominated by what Pauline Lipman calls the "neo-liberal social imaginary," is changing the moral context in which educators imagine their professional roles. The author argues that educators are placed in relation to others in rather complicated…
Descriptors: Ethics, Presidents, Speeches, Educational Philosophy
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Bull, Barry L. – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2012
In light of the importance and the potential danger of education during childhood for politically liberal societies, the author has devoted much of his professional career to thinking about and formulating the moral principles that should govern such a society's educational institutions. However, this task cannot be accomplished for all such…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Freedom, Social Justice, Political Attitudes
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Haymes, Stephen Nathan – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2012
This paper considers phenomenology as a philosophical framework from which to understand the moral experience of collective memory. As a philosophical approach to human reality, phenomenology contributes insight into the connection between the experiential grounding of collective memory and the reality of the social world. The inspiration for…
Descriptors: Memory, Indigenous Populations, Foreign Countries, Phenomenology
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Ayers, William – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2011
In this article, William Ayers constructs his Phil Smith Lecture as a call to action. Grounded in democratic principles of equality and social justice, the author invokes a liberal conception of human worth and the universal right to educational opportunity. The author critiques the passivity of the American polity in the face of Barack Obama's…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Privatization, Singing, Democracy
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Fraser-Burgess, Sheron – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2010
The growing diversity of school populations in the present education milieu raises issues of treating difference along multiple lines of the social, political and economic well being of children. Difference is here defined as politically significant group identities to which the author refers as cultures or identity groups. Political liberal…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Democracy, Well Being, Educational Philosophy
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Novak, Bruce – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2009
The theme of intellectual courage can help anyone re-conceive the activity of philosophizing as a "moral" virtue. For Aristotle, courage was the first of the moral virtues, empowering noble action in the human realm, contemplation the last and highest of the intellectual virtues, enabling the union of the human mind with the eternal and divine,…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Democracy, Public Service, Social Environment
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Snauwaert, Dale T. – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2009
The foundation upon which this discussion is based is the basic nature of democracy as both a political and moral ideal. Democracy can be understood as a system of rights premised upon the logic of equality. At its core is a fundamental belief in moral equality, a belief that all human beings possess an equal inherent dignity or worth. The ideal…
Descriptors: Democracy, Human Dignity, Ethics, Civil Rights
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