Considering the role of compulsory mass education and schooling in a democratic society, this book introduces an alternative vision for K-12 education as an "adventurous endeavour." Grounded in a strong theoretical framework, Yosef-Hassidim reveals the negative impact of instrumentalization of schools: when education is considered a social and political instrument, it serves dominant social forces’ interests rather than students’ or humanity as a whole. Offering conceptual and pragmatic frameworks to limit political influence on schooling, the author proposes a new hermeneutical structure that restores education’s agency and separates it from external social forces, and provides the foundation for regarding K-12 education as a sovereign social sphere in its own right.
Table of Contents
1. An Educational Way of Thinking?
2. Late-Modern Instrumental Approach to Education
3. Analysis of Instrumentalism 4. From Social Servant to Agent for Humanity: An Adventurous Education
5. Basic Human Features: Towards Meaning Making as Educational Goal
6. An Educational Goal of Examining the Meaning of Being Human
7. Towards a Sovereign Education
8. Implications for Selected Areas
9. Conclusion: From Vision to Reality
Doron Yosef-Hassidim is a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.