Making Sense of It All: Transforming Political Theory into Educational Policy

Meira Levinson

in The Demands of Liberal Education

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780199250448
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599750 | DOI:
 Making Sense of It All: Transforming Political Theory into Educational Policy

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Addresses the practical implementation of the liberal educational ideal. Section 5.1 identifies the ways in which choice, cultural coherence, and citizenship fit together within an autonomy‐driven education, and also discusses three other possible liberal or educational aims that should potentially help guide the implementation of the liberal ideal: economic competitiveness, democratic self‐reflection, and equality. Section 5.2 constructs a public policy of liberal education, arguing for strict state regulation of schools (both public/state and private) as well as for school choice in the form of controlled choice. Section 5.3 discusses the changes that would need to take place in the areas of legislation, pre‐service and in‐service teacher training, public dialogue, school accountability, and cultural attitudes about education in order to make the liberal educational ideal a reality, especially in the US and Britain.

Keywords: Britain; economic competitiveness; equality; liberal education; public policy; regulation; school choice; self‐reflection; USA

Chapter.  17105 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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