ERIC Number: EJ1049452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
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Friendship and the Public Stage: Revisiting Hannah Arendt's Resistance to "Political Education"
Schutz, Aaron; Sandy, Marie G.
Educational Theory, v65 n1 p21-38 Feb 2015
Hannah Arendt's essays about the 1957 crisis over efforts of a group of youth, the "Little Rock Nine," to desegregate a high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, reveal a tension in her vision of the "public." In this article Aaron Schutz and Marie Sandy look closely at the experiences of the youth desegregating the school, especially those of Elizabeth Eckford, drawing upon them to trace a continuum of forms of public engagement in Arendt's work. This ranges from arenas of "deliberative friendship," where unique individuals collaborate on common efforts, to a more conflictual "public stage," where groups act in solidarity to change aspects of the public world. While Arendt famously asserted in her essay "The Crisis in Education" that political capacities should not be taught in schools, it makes more sense to see this argument as focused on what she sometimes called the conflictual "public stage," reflecting the experience of the Little Rock Nine. In contrast, Schutz and Sandy argue that Arendt's own work implies that "deliberative friendship," as described in her essay "Philosophy and Politics" and elsewhere, should be part of everyday practices in classrooms and schools.
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Politics, Teaching Methods, United States History, Educational Practices, High Schools, School Desegregation, Cooperation, Conflict, Change Agents, Social Change, Political Socialization
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Arkansas