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Democratic Education (Princeton Paperbacks) [Kindle Edition]

Amy Gutmann
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Book Description

Who should have the authority to shape the education of citizens in a democracy? This is the central question posed by Amy Gutmann in the first book-length study of the democratic theory of education. The author tackles a wide range of issues, from the democratic case against book banning to the role of teachers' unions in education, as well as the vexed questions of public support for private schools and affirmative action in college admissions.

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"The finest contribution to the literature on democratic education of the last seventy years."--Mark Yudof, Ethics

"A small masterpiece of political theory with implications far beyond the educational context."--Suzanna Sherry, University of Texas Law Review

"Gutmann has created a theory of extraordinary coherence, comprehensiveness, and depth."--Alison M. Jaggar, The Philosophical Review

"Dr. Gutmann attempts to construct a democratic theory of education with great conceptual clarity and good common sense.... Democratic Education belongs in a liberal tradition that goes back to the birth of the Republic.... It is a tradition that began with the founders and is represented today by people like Thomas Nagel and John Rawls. It is the America de Tocqueville celebrated."--The Times Higher Education Supplement

"Amy Gutmann has written a courageous book.... One of Gutmann's most remarkable successes is her ability to sustain a principled argument through a dazzling range of issues of great moment and complexity."--Herbert M. Kliebard, Academe

"[Democratic Education] is unusual in offering a specifically political theory of education.... [The theory] is rigorously deployed and its practical implications are conscientiously demonstrated in close, well-documented and instructive discussion of controversial issues in the politics of American education."--Jean Floud, The Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Amy Gutmann is Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor and founding director of the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Her books include Freedom of Association and, with Anthony Appiah, Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race (both books available from Princeton) and, with Dennis Thompson, Democracy and Disagreement.

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  • File Size: 3878 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Revised edition (February 28, 1987)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00307RX1Y
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic that will stand the test of time July 2, 2013
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I had to write this review because the only other review gave this book only one star. This book is a classic and will be around for a long time because Gutmann lays out a compelling theory about the purposes of public education in a democracy and defends her theory against competing ideas. I especially appreciate her historical outlook and her analysis of how some claim parents, for example, should be the primary decision-makers when it comes to public schools (or students, or the state). It is probably the best book on the purposes and rationale for public education since Dewey. But it's especially important today since public education is under attack from those who would privatize and de-fund it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars October 14, 2014
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One of the best analyses of education for democratic citizenship. A classic.
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By Dina G.
I wish the negative reviews actually explained what was "the worst" about this book. Do you disagree with the theory? Other concepts? Her arguments might not be 100% aligned with my opinion, but the points made in this book are provocative. One has to remember that this was published in 1999 though - the current attitude on some of these topics has changed since then.
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