1st Edition

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

ISBN 9781138541191
Published June 26, 2018 by Routledge
180 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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

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