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ERIC Number: EJ795412
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1478-2103
Educating Elites in Democratic Societies: A Dialogue
Agassi, Joseph; Swartz, Ronald
Policy Futures in Education, v5 n4 p424-430 2007
This dialogue centers on the following questions: (1) How can schools help a society select or identify new elites who are hopefully as good as and perhaps even better than those individuals who belong to the existing elite system?, and (2) How can we create learning situations that provide the most general learner with a broad basic education? The first question is rejected as highly inadequate and unsatisfactory partly because it makes a number of mistaken assumptions about how schools can best meet the educational needs in modern countries (such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada). The second question is deemed extremely worthwhile; it should be at the heart of educational dialogues in liberal democratic societies. The discussion is mainly about the desirability of replacing the first problem (of selecting new elites) with the second problem (of a broad basic education) by the way of commentary on the development of Western educational thought from Plato to Popper and beyond. A major aim of this dialogue is to upgrade the way elites in liberal democratic societies attempt to reform and improve our educational institutions.
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Language: English
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