This book, first published in 1989, relates a theory of liberty to the practice of education, and reveals the implications of beliefs about freedom for our schools and classrooms. The author makes a reasoned plea for society to have more respect for children and not treat them as an inferior sub-species. The central argument of this book is for greater education in democracy, and greater democracy in education. This title will be of interest to students of the philosophy of education.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction 2. Consent and the Restriction of Freedom 3. Freedom and Democracy 4. The Right to Liberty 5. Children’s Rights to Liberty 6. Paternalism 7. Paternalism towards Children 8. Compulsory Education and the Freedom of Children 9. Freedom in Schools 10. Liberty, Democracy and Education; Bibliography; Index