In this popular text Joel Spring provocatively analyzes the ideas of traditional and non-traditional philosophies from Confucianism to human rights regarding the contribution of education to the creation of a democratic society. The goal is to explore how governments use education to control and manage their populations, and to examine forms of education that claim to free people from authoritarian control.
Wheels in the Head, a critically original work now in its third edition, is widely used as a text for courses on philosophical, social, political, and historical foundations of education, and critical issues in education. Reflecting its global relevance, a Chinese translation of the second edition was published in 2005.
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
AUTOCRATIC AND DEMOCRATIC FORMS OF EDUCATION
Chapter 1 Education and the Authoritarian State
Chapter 2 Education and the Modern Authoritarian State: The Soviet Union and the Democratic People= s Republic of Korea (North Korea)
Chapter 3 Authority and Education in a Democratic State
DISSENTING TRADITIONS IN EDUCATION
Chapter 4 Traditions of Dissent to Government Education
Chapter 5 Free Schools
Chapter 6 Free Space and No Schools
THE POLITICS OF CULTURE
Chapter 7 Cultural Unity and Cultural Literacy
Chapter 8 National or World Cultures?
THE POLITICS OF GENDER
Chapter 9 Classical Liberalism and the Politics of Gender
Chapter 10 Reason and Motherhood
EDUCATION AND EQUALITY OF POLITICAL POWER
Chapter 11 Liberation Education: Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Chapter 12 Human Rights Education
This series focuses on studies of public and private institutions, the media, and academic disciplines that contribute to educating--in the broadest sense--students and the general public. The series welcomes volumes with multicultural perspectives, diverse interpretations, and a range of political points of view from conservative to critical. Books accepted for publication in this series will be written for an academic audience and, in some cases, also for use as supplementary readings in graduate and undergraduate courses.
Topics to be addressed in this series include, but are not limited to, sociocultural, political, and historical studies of
Local, state, national, and international educational systems
Elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities
Public institutions of education such as museums, libraries, and foundations
Computer systems and software as instruments of public education
The popular media as forms of public education
Content areas within the academic study of education, such as curriculum and instruction, psychology, and educational technology