Wheels in the Head

Educational Philosophies of Authority, Freedom, and Culture from Confucianism to Human Rights, 3rd Edition

By Joel Spring

© 2008 – Routledge

272 pages

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pub: 2007-09-10
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About the Book

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:

  • Expanded analysis of the use of education by authoritarian states

  • Revisions to more clearly relate educational ideas to the theme of "wheels in the head" – a phrase coined by philosopher Max Stirner to describe the use of schools by modern governments to control their citizens.

  • New sections on liberation education and on human rights education

Table of Contents

Selected Contents:

Part One

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

Part Two

DISSENTING TRADITIONS IN EDUCATION

Chapter 4 Traditions of Dissent to Government Education

Chapter 5 Free Schools

Chapter 6 Free Space and No Schools

Part Three

THE POLITICS OF CULTURE

Chapter 7 Cultural Unity and Cultural Literacy

Chapter 8 National or World Cultures?

Part Four

THE POLITICS OF GENDER

Chapter 9 Classical Liberalism and the Politics of Gender

Chapter 10 Reason and Motherhood

Part Five

EDUCATION AND EQUALITY OF POLITICAL POWER

Chapter 11 Liberation Education: Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Chapter 12 Human Rights Education

About the Author

Joel Spring is Professor at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His major research interests are history of education, globalization and education, multicultural education, Native American culture, the politics of education, and human rights education. He is the author of over twenty scholarly volumes and textbooks.

About the Series

Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in 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

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU003000
EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
EDU007000
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDU040000
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects