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The Demands of Liberal Education$
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Meira Levinson

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250448

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199250448.001.0001

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Modifying the Liberal Educational Ideal

Modifying the Liberal Educational Ideal

(p.64) 3 Modifying the Liberal Educational Ideal
The Demands of Liberal Education

Meira Levinson (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Examines four objections stemming from the clash of theory (that liberalism requires the institution of compulsory, autonomy‐driven schools regardless of parental preferences) and intuition (that liberalism entails democratic control over schools and sensitivity to parents’ preferences). It argues that the ‘detached school’ should, with minor modifications, continue to provide the basis for the liberal educational ideal. Section 3.1 addresses concerns about state tyranny, arguing that the detached school both counters the threat of parental tyranny and ensures a substantive pluralism among schools and within society. Section 3.2 shows that detached schools can promote effective parental involvement. Section 3.3 addresses the hidden curriculum of schools, while Section 3.4 discusses the ability of the detached school to help children develop cultural coherence and a stable sense of identity as well as a capacity for choice.

Keywords:   choice, cultural coherence, democratic control, hidden curriculum, identity, liberal education, parental involvement, pluralism, schools, tyranny

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