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The War for Children’s Minds: Liberal Values and Why We Should Defend Them


reviewed by Ann Chinnery — April 12, 2007

coverTitle: The War for Children’s Minds: Liberal Values and Why We Should Defend Them
Author(s): Stephen Law
Publisher: Routledge, New York
ISBN: 0415378559 , Pages: 198, Year: 2006
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In The War for Children’s Minds, British philosopher Stephen Law takes on the question of how to raise children to become good, moral citizens. The war he refers to is a war over moral and religious education, and the battleground is public schooling. On one side are the Authoritarians—those who believe that making children good means teaching them to defer to a higher authority on matters of right and wrong. On the other side are the Liberals—those (including Law) who contend that children should be taught to think independently and critically about moral issues in order to arrive at their own reasoned understanding of right and wrong. The key differences between the two sides are 1) their views on the source of moral authority, that is, whether moral truth comes from without (e.g., from a religious leader or text), or from within the individual (based on autonomous reason); and 2)... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 12, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14196, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 8:28:25 PM

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  • Ann Chinnery
    Simon Fraser University, Canada
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    ANN CHINNERY is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Canada. Her research interests are in ethics and moral education. Recent publications include "On compassion and community without identity" in Philosophy of Education 2006 , and "Cold case: Reopening the file on tolerance in teaching and learning across difference" in Philosophy of Education 2005. Her current research addresses the challenges of preparing teachers for work in increasingly diverse classrooms.
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