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The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education

2nd Edition

By Kathryn Ecclestone, Dennis Hayes


182 pages

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The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education confronts the silent ascendancy of a therapeutic ethos across the educational system and into the workplace. Controversial and compelling, Kathryn Ecclestone and Dennis Hayes’ classic text uses a wealth of examples across the education system, from primary schools to university and the workplace, to show how therapeutic education is turning children, young people and adults into anxious and self-preoccupied individuals rather than aspiring, optimistic and resilient learners who want to know everything about the world.

Remaining extremely topical, the chapters illuminate the powerful effects of therapeutic education, including:

  • How therapeutic learning is taking shape, now and in the future
  • How therapeutic ideas from popular culture have come to govern social thought and policies
  • How the fostering of dependence and compulsory participation in therapeutic activities that encourage the disclosing of emotions, can undermine parents’ and teachers’ confidence and authority
  • How therapeutic forms of teacher training undermine faith in the pursuit of knowledge
  • How political initiatives in emotional literacy, emotional wellbeing and ‘positive mental health’ propagate a diminished view of human potential throughout the education system and the workplace.

The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education is an eye-opening read for every teacher and leader across the field of education, and every parent and student, who is passionate about the power of knowledge to transform people’s lives. It is a call for a debate about the growing impact of therapeutic education and what it means for learning now and in the future.

Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface; 1. In an emotional state; 2. The therapeutic primary school; 3. The therapeutic secondary school; 4. The therapeutic further education college; 5. The therapeutic university; 6. The therapeutic workplace; 7. Explaining the emotional state; 8. The therapeutic turn in education: a response to our critics

About the Authors

Kathryn Ecclestone is Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Dennis Hayes is Professor of Education at the University of Derby and the director of the campaign group Academics for Academic Freedom (AFAF).

About the Series

Routledge Education Classic Edition

The Routledge Education Classic Editions Series celebrates Routledge's commitment to excellence in scholarship, teaching and learning within the field of education. Written by experts, these books are recognized as timeless classics covering a range of important issues, and continue to be recommended as key reading for education students and professionals in the area. With a new introduction that explores what has changed since the books were first published, where the field might go from here and why these books are as relevant now as ever, the series presents key ideas to a new generation.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects