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- DescriptionThe unique mission of a public education is to reproduce a civic public. For the most part this will t happen in a vacuum and requires specific institutions, the most prominent of which are the public schools. Publicly supported schools have other functions as well. They socialize, train, produce a workforce, and, hopefully, promote individual growth and automy. Walter Feinberg argues that while all of these functions may be carried on by private or religious schools as well, public schools should have the additional responsibility of reproducing a civic public for a diverse pluralistic society. As Feinberg demonstrates, the problem is that in the context of neoliberal ideology, where all the other educational functions are reduced to ecomic ones within a market context ruled by competition-nation to nation, state to state, community to community, school to school, teacher to teacher, student to student-the public function becomes less and less central and more and more difficult to carry out. What Is a Public Education and Why We Need It suggests ways to change this by bringing the idea of a true public education back into focus.
- Author BiographyWalter Feinberg is Charles D. Hardie Professor, Emeritus of philosophy of education at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
- Author(s)Walter Feinberg
- PublisherLexington Books
- Date of Publication28/01/2016
- Series TitlePhilosophy and Cultural Identity
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintLexington Books
- Weight349 g
- Width158 mm
- Height240 mm
- Spine15 mm
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