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Perhamus, Lisa M.; Joldersma, Clarence W. – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2016
The protest and movement #BlackLivesMatter that began in 2012 has fueled a national will of resistance to State violence and has nourished a sense of humanity that demands the valuing of all Black people. As part of the U.S.'s long history of systemic racism and its histories of local resistance, #BlackLivesMatter (BLM hereafter) has renewed…
Descriptors: Activism, African Americans, Grief, Politics
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Fitzgerald, Robert – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2015
The funding of public education in many states, especially Illinois, is characterized by inequity. The reality is that students across the state are subject to a disparity in fiscal resources between those attending schools in the wealthiest and poorest districts. The cause of this dilemma is threefold. First, Illinois has a school finance scheme…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Taxes, Educational Finance, Public Education
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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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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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Stitzlein, Sarah M. – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2013
Media portrayals and education policies have combined with anecdotes about charter school successes to produce a favorable assessment of charter schools by two-thirds of Americans. Such media celebrations often group an array of charter school types together, thereby disguising their differences. Indeed, the public seems unaware there are…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Policy, Educational Administration, Educational Philosophy
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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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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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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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Welsh, Benjamin H. – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2011
The author's sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Hunter, showed him that adults who held positions of power over children could be duplicitous. After several uneventful months, she started singling him out in hurtful ways for no apparent reason. On top of the established threat of being paddled arbitrarily, Mrs. Hunter started to humiliate him in front of…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Public Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Philosophy
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Fitch, Frank – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2010
John Dewey defines democracy as a form of associated living "in which the interests of a group are shared by all its members, and the fullness and freedom with which it interacts with other groups." Few would argue that people with disabilities have been among the most excluded, the least able to share in the fullness and freedom of "associated…
Descriptors: Public Education, Progressive Education, Inclusive Schools, Disabilities
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Osgood, Robert L. – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2010
The year was 1909. The United States was in the throes of tremendous social and institutional changes: a rapidly diversifying population, dramatic shifts in political and economic structures, the rise of Progressivism as a paradigm for social reform and social control, and the intense and often grating sounds of a public education system really…
Descriptors: Educational History, United States History, Public Education, Social Change
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Welsh, Benjamin H. – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2010
The contradiction between the concept of equality found in the Declaration of Independence and that found in U.S. Constitution led the author to question what the Constitution had to say about education. After all, Montesquieu (1689-1755), a French "philosophe" whose work heavily influenced Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and the U.S.…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Equal Education, Disabilities, Special Education
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Gordon, Jane Anna – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2007
This essay briefly explores reflections of Anna Julia Cooper concerning the meaning and significance of moments within educational settings when the conditions for laughter and language break down. The author suggests that what she presented as moments of social and political failure have become the aims of contemporary, rigid nonpromotion public…
Descriptors: Teacher Role, Humor, Humanism, Educational Philosophy
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Fowler, Francis C. – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2006
In this article, the author is asking that teacher educators respond to two papers that recommend political activity. Becoming politically active is one way of reacting to the situation that currently faces teacher educators, but political activity is not for everyone. It is time-consuming, exhausting, and at times depressing. It is also…
Descriptors: Politics of Education, Higher Education, Consciousness Raising, Teacher Educators
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Quantz, Richard – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2006
In this three-part paper, Richard Quantz proclaims that it was the spirit of the free school movement that originally attracted him to the social foundations of education and to the philosophy of education. He wonders what has happened to the progressive movement--the one that embraced Ivan Illich's call to "deschool society" and called…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Progressive Education, Educational Trends, Educational Philosophy