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Beyond the Present and the Particular (International Library by Charles H. Bailey

By Charles H. Bailey

Charles Bailey advances a contemporary characterization and justification of liberal schooling and defends this kind of view of liberal schooling opposed to modern demanding situations. The ebook can be of precise worth to these guiding academic coverage, designing curricula and reflecting on their lonesome educating perform. An introductory a part of the ebook describes the necessity for justification and the distinctive nature of liberal schooling in comparison with different characterizations of schooling in utilitarian phrases. the writer deals a good account of the content material of liberal schooling, after a attention and critique of the paintings of Paul Hirst, Philip Phenix and John White and follows this with an account of instructor process, perspective and method applicable to liberal schooling. the ultimate a part of the e-book describes modern developments and demanding situations to the belief of liberal schooling and indicates how they fail to supply a coherent substitute to liberal schooling as a foundation for common obligatory schooling.

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What feelings and motivations are likely to be held by possessors of rights as compared with possessors of duties? If a person believes himself to possess a right he has grounds, he believes, for making demands upon other persons which may or may not be responded to, however strongly the right is felt by its ‘owner’. The necessary action has to come, not from the right-holder, but from some other who recognizes the right. One who feels that he has a duty, on the other hand, feels that he ought to do something.

9 Secondly, however, this moral commitment cannot extend in any sense to my imposition of this requirement upon other persons if they are adult. That part of my respect for them which notes their capacity to act as free agents would forbid this. I might morally urge, facilitate and certainly not hinder the rational development of my fellow human creatures, but I should not try to compel it. There is a large and interesting area of discussion possible here The justification of liberal educationâ•… 33 concerning the desirability of state governments taking positive steps both to encourage the rational development of its adult citizens and to act against such forces as might hinder that rational development.

They are justifications in the area of practical reason, and, like other reasons for action, they have to be seen as making a package of reasons for doing something that is a better package than any that can be assembled for doing something different within the same area of choice. The arguments to be offered, then, support the assertion that if a universal compulsory education service is maintained by the adults of a national community for their young the education provided for all within it should be of the liberal general type.

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