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Aims of Education (Routledge International Studies in the by Roger Marples

By Roger Marples

The following foreign philosophers of schooling discover and query assorted traces of the liberal culture, discussing not just autonomy yet different key matters such as:* social justice* nationwide id* curriculum* severe pondering* social practices.The members write from numerous standpoints, supplying many interpretations of what liberalism could suggest in academic phrases.

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Over-arching or supposedly ultimate aims are to be viewed with caution, as these may exert a limitation on the ‘freeing activity’ which education should incorporate. He warns against the imposition of aims from outside, where the existing conditions are not taken as the starting point from which the aim is conceived: The vice of externally imposed ends has deep roots. Teachers receive them from superior authorities; these authorities accept them from what is current in the community. The teachers impose them upon children.

To ask for the aims of education may be like asking for the aims of a town. What, for example, are the aims of Aberdeen? The grammatical oddness here suggests that there may not be much sense in the question. The critic will respond that there are indeed aims of Aberdeen and these have been made quite explicitly by the members of the town’s council, who have worked earnestly to devise their mission statement. A mission statement of this sort may or may not be desirable but it is clear that, although this may be an appropriate expression of the political intentions of a dominant faction, this hardly warrants their attribution to the town!

The statement of aims may purport to be a description derived from a kind of analysis, apparently revealing the essence of the town or its foundations. It may be an expression of attitude or intent, designed to provide a steady orientation for policy. In both cases it seems to offer a security. But if such statements of aims are indeed ungrammatical or prejudicial, this may be an unwarranted security, one which is apt to distort our practices. This would be an Orwellian distortion of what we commonly think of and value as the town.

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