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Education For a Flourishing Life

by Harry Brighouse - 2008

One of the more striking features of Western schooling in the last fifty years is the increasing focus of schools on preparing people to contribute to the national economy, often reducing the attention given to other educational aims. Many educational thinkers demonize the former as “training” and valorize the latter as “education.” In this chapter Harry Brighouse takes a different tack. Although he expresses concern for the increasing attention to the economic ends of schooling, he does not voice outright opposition to the connection between economics and schooling. Acknowledging that people do need to earn a living and that economic stability is a worthy national goal, he goes on to ask whether these are sufficient ends for schooling.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 107. No. 1.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 110 Number 13, 2008, p. 58-71
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18448, Date Accessed: 6/15/2021 3:16:57 PM

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  • Harry Brighouse
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
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    HARRY BRIGHOUSE is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is author of School Choice and Social Justice (Oxford University Press, 2000), On Education (Routledge 2006), and, with Adam Swift, of Family Values (Princeton, forthcoming). He is co-director, with Michael McPherson, of the Spencer Foundation’s Initiative for Philosophy in Educational Policy and Practice.
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