1st Edition

Democratic Education and the Teacher-As-Prophet Exploring the Religious Work of Schools

By Jeffery Dunn Copyright 2019
    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume aims to reveal how Dewey’s notion of the religious—understood as faith in the human relational condition—offers a way to think differently about the aims and purposes of education. After exploring the effects of neoliberal conceptions of schooling against broader democratic forms of education, this book suggests that Dewey’s vision of the "teacher-as-prophet" is a useful model for positioning teachers as agents of social change. By catalysing the religious work of schools—understood not as teaching religion, but as a process of social unification—the Deweyan teacher-as-prophet can stimulate experimentation towards a democratic ideal of schooling.


    Chapter 1: The Problem of Neoliberalism in Education

    Chapter 2: Religion in Schools as a Solution

    Chapter 3: John Dewey and the ‘Religious’ Work of Schools

    Chapter 4: The Teacher as Prophet

    Chapter 5: The Prophetic Work of the Teacher


    Appendix A: Neoliberal Tenets

    Appendix B: Dewey’s Terminology


    Jeffery W. Dunn received a PhD (2017) in Leadership and Policy: Philosophy of Education from the Ohio State University, USA.