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Education in Democracy: Education's Moral Role in the Democratic State


reviewed by Rene Vincente Arcilla — 1991

coverTitle: Education in Democracy: Education's Moral Role in the Democratic State
Author(s): Robert D. Heslep
Publisher: Iowa State University Press, Ames
ISBN: 0813801710, Pages: , Year:
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Philosophers are notorious for disturbing the peace over definitions; this practice lives on in the latest book by the philosopher of education Robert D. Heslep. As its subtitle indicates, it addresses the question “What is education’s moral role in the democratic state?” Although this may look like a question that is bound to occur to virtually every educator worth his or her chalk, and that thus should have already inspired a whole library of responses, Heslep finds that with respect to the question there is a gap in recent educational literature. What is missing is any significant attempt to work out an answer that proceeds from a sufficiently developed theoretical framework, one that contains and coordinates theories of what morality, democracy, and education mean for each other. Without such a framework, modern educators who have tried to tackle the question have stumbled over their vague terminology. To clear away such... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 92 Number 3, 1991, p. 501-503
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 357, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 5:12:01 AM

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