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ERIC Number: EJ786647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
The "Futures" of Queer Children and the Common School Ideal
McDonough, Kevin
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v41 n4 p795-810 Nov 2007
This paper focuses on an especially urgent challenge to the legitimacy of the common school ideal--a challenge that has hardly been addressed within contemporary debates within liberal philosophy of education. The challenge arises from claims to accommodation by queer people and queer communities--claims that are based on notions of queerness and queer identity that are seriously underrepresented within contemporary liberal political and educational theory. The paper articulates a liberal view of personal autonomy that is constituted by a conception of practical reasoning rooted in thick communal experiences. It is argued that common schools concerned with equal concern for the autonomy of all children must attend to the specific communal requirements needed to developing the autonomous practical reasoning of queer children--requirements for what is termed a sense of "futurity". Five practical recommendations for common schools are briefly outlined. The paper concludes with some reflections on the divergent and convergent interests of queer theory and liberalism, and considers some possibilities for a partial reconciliation of the two theoretical perspectives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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