First published in 1981, Education and the Individual presents a reasoned case for maintaining the maximum freedom of choice in education in those areas where the interests of the individual and the state conflict.
The book argues that ultimately the freedom to opt out of the education system altogether must be protected, as well as the freedom to choose a religious education in a secular state, or a secular education in a religious state, and freedom from political indoctrination. It analyses what is required of education in a liberal society, and explores its implications for the wider international context of human rights. It also promotes the basic rights of freedom of choice in education and, wherever conflict is inevitable, it argues for the issue to be settled in favour of the individual, rather than the state.
Education and the Individual will appeal to those with an interest in the history of education, the philosophy of education, and the relationship between education and politics.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1: Introduction; 2: Selective Education and the Goal of Equality; 3: The Issue of Independent Schools; 4: Parents and Children; 5: Relgious Freedom; 6: Morality, Politics and Indoctrination; 7: The Ideological Background: Mill or Marx?; 8: Education in a Liberal Society; 9: Human Rights: the International Understanding; Bibliography; Index
Brenda Almond Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Surrey, UK