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Mackler, Stephanie – Teachers College Record, 2010
Background/Context: In 1958, Hannah Arendt wrote "The Crisis in Education," arguing that schools should not be used for political purposes and should instead introduce children to what she calls "the world." The world, for Arendt, comprises the artifacts, ideas, values, and interactions that connect people together. In that same year, she…
Descriptors: Educational Researchers, Politics of Education, Research, Scholarship
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van Kessel, Cathryn; Crowley, Ryan M. – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2017
Villainification is the process of creating single actors as the faces of systemic harm, with those hyperindividualized villains losing their ordinary characteristics. Like heroification, there is a simplified portrayal of historical actors, but villainification has particularly harmful consequences. We suggest that villainification obscures the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Ideology, Foreign Countries, Textbooks
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Gunter, Helen M.; McGinity, Ruth – Research Papers in Education, 2014
Our investigations into the politics of the Academies Programme in England have generated thinking that draws on data about the conversion process from two projects. We engage with an early City Academy that replaced two "failing" schools, and a recent Academy that replaced a "successful" high school. We deploy Hannah Arendt's…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Politics, Neoliberalism
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Levinson, Natasha – Teachers College Record, 2010
Background/Context: This article is part of a special issue on the 50th anniversary of the publication of Hannah Arendt's essay, "The Crisis in Education" and her book The Human Condition. Despite the proliferation of books and articles on Arendt's work since the mid-90s, "The Crisis in Education" does not figure all that much in writing on…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Curriculum, Intellectual Disciplines, Teacher Role, Teacher Responsibility
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Biesta, Gert – Teachers College Record, 2010
Background/Context: In discussions about democratic education, there is a strong tendency to see the role of education as that of the preparation of children and young people for their future participation in democratic life. A major problem with this view is that it relies on the idea that the guarantee for democracy lies in the existence of a…
Descriptors: Democracy, Role of Education, Citizenship Education, Politics of Education
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Hinchliffe, Geoffrey – Teachers College Record, 2010
Background/Context: The background of the article is the continued interest in the ideas of Hannah Arendt. In her book The Human Condition, Arendt draws on sources of ideas drawn from Ancient Greece to deliver a critique of modernity. The main burden of her criticism is that the imperatives of work and labor have virtually supplanted the ideal of…
Descriptors: Political Issues, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Role, Classroom Environment
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Higgins, Chris – Educational Theory, 2011
In our increasingly instrumentalist culture, debates over the privatization of schooling may be beside the point. Whether we hatch some new plan for chartering or funding schools, or retain the traditional model of government-run schools, the ongoing instrumentalization of education threatens the very possibility of public education. Indeed, in…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Public Education, Educational Philosophy, Politics of Education
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Duarte, Eduardo Manuel – Teachers College Record, 2010
Background/Context: Prior work on Hannah Arendt and education has focused on democratic education, multicultural education, and conservatism in education. Most of these studies have concentrated on her essay, "The Crisis in Education." While this study extends that work, it does so by taking up the lesser studied but equally relevant piece,…
Descriptors: Student Development, Caring, Politics of Education, Role of Education
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Higgins, Chris – Teachers College Record, 2010
Background/Context: If education centrally involves self-cultivation, and the teacher's own robust selfhood is necessary for inspiring self-cultivation in students, then teacherly self-cultivation is a necessary condition of education. But teaching is seen as a helping profession, where helping others always seems, in practice if not in principle,…
Descriptors: Ethics, Educational Theories, Teaching (Occupation), Teacher Role
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Senese, Guy; Wood, Gerald – Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 2009
Public education discourse is dominated by nostalgia for an idea of humanity, which has existed more strongly in high culture discourse than it has in public schools. Political liberal and conservative discourses agree that the process of compulsory public education is an expression of the state as it works to justly distribute "life…
Descriptors: Credentials, Equal Education, Tribal Sovereignty, Public Education
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Edgoose, Julian – Educational Theory, 2009
If teaching is a political act, how can teachers hope to make a difference through their work? In this review essay, Julian Edgoose explores this question of hope in relation to three recent books: David Halpin's "Hope and Education," Jonathan Kozol's "Letters to a Young Teacher," and Jonathan Lear's "Radical Hope." Halpin describes how hope comes…
Descriptors: Teacher Role, Educational Philosophy, Educational Theories, Politics of Education
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Masschelein, Jan; Simons, Maarten – Teachers College Record, 2010
Background/Context: The article reflects on the public role of education on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Hannah Arendt's essay, "The Crisis in Education" and in facing the current transformation of public policy into "new public management." Purpose/Objective/Research Question/Focus of Study: Based on Arendt's essay,…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Design, Public Schools, Architecture, Privatization
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Vansieleghem, Nancy – Journal of Philosophy of Education, 2009
This article arises from the thoughts of Hannah Arendt, and more especially from her idea that the essence of education is the renewal of the world. That idea forms the backdrop to a consideration of the current interest in education as the construction of one's own life. I argue that the will to construct one's own life is not a natural,…
Descriptors: Children, Child Development, Self Actualization, Role of Education
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Biesta, Gert – Teachers College Record, 2007
Background/Context: Ever since the Enlightenment, there has been a strong tendency in educational theory and practice to think of education as the "production" of a subject with particular qualities, most notably the quality of rationality. This way of thinking has deeply influenced the theory and practice of democratic education and has led to an…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Democracy, Democratic Values, Educational Philosophy