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ERIC Number: EJ1106822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-9642
Re-Politicizing the Scholastic: School and Schoolchildren between Politicization and De-Politicization
Snir, Itay
Ethics and Education, v11 n2 p117-130 2016
This paper addresses the question "what is school?," and argues that the answer to this question has an essential political dimension. I focus on two very different attempts to characterize school--Ivan Illich's "Deschooling Society" and Jan Masschelein and Maarten Simons's "In Defence of the School"--and demonstrate that both texts miss the political potential which is inherent in school. The two texts are analyzed along two relational axes: relations between school and society, and relations between children and political subjects. Illich rejects children's de-politicization while accepting the assumption that school operates according to a similar logic as society in general. Masschelein and Simons, on the other hand, advocate a separation between school and society, but also accept the separation of children from politics. I aim to integrate Illich's analytical categories into Masschelein and Simons' discussion, in order to mark important directions for political struggles both over and within school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel
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