ERIC Number: ED395360
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Education and the Good Life: Autonomy, Altruism, and the National Curriculum. Advances in Contemporary Educational Thought, Volume 7.
This book examines the question of ideal educational aims in a democratic society. Using the 1988 National Curriculum mandated for English and Welsh schools as a concrete point of departure, the book calls attention to: the high degree of specificity of the large list of objectives and attainment targets; the massive structure built for the assessment of their achievement; and the lack of discussion and elaboration regarding the aims of the whole enterprise. The book argues that students should have a richer sense of what education in a democratic society is all about and offers three aims of education--personal autonomy, morality, and personal well-being. To teach morality in the schools, stakeholders must put aside the question of whose morality is being taught and substitute the teaching of altruism, or dispositions attentive to the well-being of others. The book also offers a critique of the knowledge-centered tradition of curriculum thinking and goal setting. It ends with a discussion of the arts as "an indispensable element in the good life." An index is included. (Contains 112 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Altruism, British National Curriculum, Democracy, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethical Instruction, Foreign Countries, Moral Values, National Curriculum, Personal Autonomy
Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027.
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: London Univ. (England). Inst. of Education.