Culture, Education, and Values

Anthony Quinton

in Of Men and Manners

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199694556
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731938 | DOI:
Culture, Education, and Values

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This chapter begins by considering the relations between culture, education, and values in general, to draw attention to what is at issue, which is, briefly, not culture in its most inclusive sense, but high culture. It then puts our present situation in some sort of comparative context by outlining an extremely short and selective history of education. Education is the transmitter of culture and the inculcation of values is at the centre of education. Traditionally, high culture, as embodied in the canon and the more theoretical academic disciplines and made possible by developed linguistic capacity, has been assumed to be the supremely valuable part of education. Hitherto those who wished to extend education from the few to the many aimed to enlarge the constituency for high culture. But now, by those who would unmask it as an elitist device, it is under threefold attack.

Keywords: education; high culture; values; linguistic capacity; history of education

Chapter.  7238 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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