This book defends the role of public education against its critics and explores the implications of the traditional American belief in public education as a vehicle for extending democratic politics and the relationship between public knowledge, education, and democracy.
0. Introduction 1. Education, Democracy, and Public Knowledge: Toward a Socialist Theory of Education 2. The Education of Henry Adams and the Transformation of the Bourgeois Public Sphere: A Case Study 3. A Public Philosophy? Pragmatism and Public Knowledge 4. Public Knowledge and the Paradox of Democratic Education 5. Public Intellectuals and Public Knowledge 6. Literacy for What? Critical Literacy and the Power of Public Knowledge 7. Framing the Question of Freedom: Public Knowledge in Practice