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Virtual Virtue: The Moral State and the Online Re-Formation of the School and Society


by James Andrew Laspina — 2013

The chapter examines John Dewey’s concepts of society and the public in the context of digital technology and its potential to transform society and the moral ethos of the public school. I argue that Dewey’s theory of society and the public, though articulated for an industrial age, are, like his moral vision of social democracy and public education, still of perennial importance as a ethical lens to frame and critique the emerging network society and publics.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 112. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 115 Number 13, 2013, p. 176-196
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18324, Date Accessed: 5/25/2017 7:51:06 PM

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  • James Laspina
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    JAMES ANDREW LASPINA is the author of California in a Time of Excellence: School Reform at the Crossroads of the American Dream, and was a National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. Recent publications have appeared in the Elsevier International Encyclopedia of Education and the Asia Pacific Journal of Education. He is presently working on a book about the K-12 online education movement in California.
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