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Boxley, Simon – Policy Futures in Education, 2017
In Peter McLaren's words "We need a philosophically grounded alternative to capitalism", but what does such a philosophical grounding look like? Need it be shared? The philosophical basis for practice was not shared by Lenin and Bogdanov, for example, and yet both retained the ability to work together in the Bolshevik party. There's a…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Philosophy, Social Systems, Political Attitudes
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Bauman, Zygmunt – Policy Futures in Education, 2010
Today's culture consists of offerings, not norms. Liquid-modern culture, unlike the culture of the nation-building era, has no "people" to "cultivate." The solid-modern policy of dealing with difference, the policy of assimilation to the dominant culture and stripping the strangers of their strangehood, is no longer feasible.…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Social Influences, Social Attitudes, Public Policy
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Peters, Michael A. – Policy Futures in Education, 2010
This article charts the crisis of the modern university using Bill Readings' (1996) "The University in Ruins". Readings distinguishes three principal ideas underpinning the concept of the modern university: the Kantian idea of reason, the Humboldtian idea of culture, and the technological idea of excellence. The article reviews these…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Educational Change, Adoption (Ideas)
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Cole, Mike – Policy Futures in Education, 2004
The author begins by discussing David Geoffrey Smith's analysis of the enantiomorphism inherent in the rhetoric of New American Imperialism. He goes on to examine critically Smith's defence of Enrique Dussel's advocacy of transmodernism as a way of understanding this enantiomorphism and of moving beyond what are seen as the constraints of both…
Descriptors: Social Systems, Role of Education, Postmodernism, Educational Change