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Gordon, Mordechai – Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, 2015
This essay critically examines the underlying assumptions about freedom and democracy at the basis of those like the NRA who argue that the United States does not have a gun problem and that the second amendment protects citizens' rights to own any gun they wish. Inspired by Hannah Arendt's political philosophy, the author first discusses three…
Descriptors: Role of Education, Violence, Political Attitudes, Philosophy
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Gordon, Mordechai – Educational Theory, 2018
Inspired by Orwell's chilling account of brainwashing, propaganda, and the obliteration of the lines between fiction and truth, Mordechai Gordon attempts to make sense of the phenomenon of lying in politics as a challenge to deliberative civics education. His analysis begins with a detailed consideration of the distinctions Hannah Arendt draws…
Descriptors: Politics of Education, Civics, Citizenship Education, Ethics
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Gordon, Mordechai – Educational Theory, 1999
Democratic educators should take Arendt's conservatism seriously. Arendt's conception of authority shares fundamental assumptions with mainstream conservative views, although her political philosophy is heavily influenced by existentialism. This paper argues that Arendt's view of authority in education constitutes an alternative to other…
Descriptors: Conservatism, Democratic Values, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethical Instruction