Education, Autonomy & Liberalism

March 8, 2011

I’m with Appiah.

“In most modern societies, the education of most people is conducted by institutions run by the government. Education is, therefore, in the domain of the political. This is not just an accident: social reproduction involves collective goals. Furthermore, as children develop and come to have identities whose autonomy we should respect, the liberal state has a role in protecting the autonomy of children against their parents, churches, and communities. I would be prepared to defend the view that the state in modern society must be involved in education on this sort of basis …”

Liberal- secular values have to be argued for as better than the values inculcated by religions and defended by communitarians.


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