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ERIC Number: EJ794923
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1477-8785
Taking the Right to Exit Seriously
Spiecker, Ben; De Ruyter, Doret; Steutel, Jan
Theory and Research in Education, v4 n3 p313-327 2006
Both diversity and autonomy liberals agree that adults have the right to exit from voluntary associations. As children do not have this right, the paradoxical character of the upbringing of children in fundamentalist and ultra-orthodox communities is evident. Diversity liberals like Galston and Spinner-Halev seem to take an ambivalent position with regard to the right to exit, because they want to defend both the child's future right to exit, which requires particular capacities, as well as the parental right to upbringing according to their conception of the good even if this undermines the required capacities. We defend that people need to be at least autarchic, that is self-determining and morally accountable, in order to be able to exercise their right to exit. Since this right is a civic freedom right, the state has the right and duty to ensure that children will be able to develop into autarchic persons. Therefore, our claim is that school education should aim for minimal autonomy and that such education should be compulsory. We argue that this will not undermine legitimate diversity and therefore that Galston and Spinner-Halev should be able to take an unequivocal position.
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Language: English
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