ERIC Number: EJ815033
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
The Well-Being of Children, the Limits of Paternalism, and the State: Can Disparate Interests Be Reconciled?
Merry, Michael S.
Ethics and Education, v2 n1 p39-59 Mar 2007
For many, it is far from clear where the prerogatives of parents to educate as they deem appropriate end and the interests of their children, immediate or future, begin. In this article I consider the educational interests of children and argue that children have an interest in their own well-being. Following this, I will examine the interests of parents and consider where the limits of paternalism lie. Finally, I will consider the state's interest in the education of children and discuss a familiar view that argues that we have a central obligation to cultivate good citizens. The article will focus on the tensions which inevitably arise from the sometimes conflicting interests between them. (Contains 23 notes.)
Descriptors: Children, Well Being, Parent Responsibility, Personal Autonomy, Power Structure, Social Control, Citizenship Education, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Government Role
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