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Wheels in the Head

Educational Philosophies of Authority, Freedom, and Culture from Confucianism to Human Rights, 3rd Edition

By Joel Spring

Routledge – 2008 – 272 pages

Series: Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education

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    978-0-8058-6132-7
    September 10th 2007

Description

In this popular text Joel Spring provocatively analyzes the ideas of traditional and non-traditional philosophies from Confucianism to human rights regarding the contribution of education to the creation of a democratic society. The goal is to explore how governments use education to control and manage their populations, and to examine forms of education that claim to free people from authoritarian control.

Wheels in the Head, a critically original work now in its third edition, is widely used as a text for courses on philosophical, social, political, and historical foundations of education, and critical issues in education. Reflecting its global relevance, a Chinese translation of the second edition was published in 2005.

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • Expanded analysis of the use of education by authoritarian states

  • Revisions to more clearly relate educational ideas to the theme of "wheels in the head" – a phrase coined by philosopher Max Stirner to describe the use of schools by modern governments to control their citizens.

  • New sections on liberation education and on human rights education

Contents

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Selected Contents:

Part One

AUTOCRATIC AND DEMOCRATIC FORMS OF EDUCATION

Chapter 1 Education and the Authoritarian State

Chapter 2 Education and the Modern Authoritarian State: The Soviet Union and the Democratic People= s Republic of Korea (North Korea)

Chapter 3 Authority and Education in a Democratic State

Part Two

DISSENTING TRADITIONS IN EDUCATION

Chapter 4 Traditions of Dissent to Government Education

Chapter 5 Free Schools

Chapter 6 Free Space and No Schools

Part Three

THE POLITICS OF CULTURE

Chapter 7 Cultural Unity and Cultural Literacy

Chapter 8 National or World Cultures?

Part Four

THE POLITICS OF GENDER

Chapter 9 Classical Liberalism and the Politics of Gender

Chapter 10 Reason and Motherhood

Part Five

EDUCATION AND EQUALITY OF POLITICAL POWER

Chapter 11 Liberation Education: Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Chapter 12 Human Rights Education

Author Bio

Joel Spring is Professor at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His major research interests are history of education, globalization and education, multicultural education, Native American culture, the politics of education, and human rights education. He is the author of over twenty scholarly volumes and textbooks.

Name: Wheels in the Head: Educational Philosophies of Authority, Freedom, and Culture from Confucianism to Human Rights, 3rd Edition (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Joel Spring. In this popular text Joel Spring provocatively analyzes the ideas of traditional and non-traditional philosophies from Confucianism to human rights regarding the contribution of education to the creation of a democratic society. The goal is to explore...
Categories: Curriculum Studies, International & Comparative Education, Sociology of Education