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What's the good of schools?

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Morwenna Griffiths

on 24 September 2014

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What's the good of schools?
Some dimensions and tensions

For state? For society?
For now .... For later?
To prepare for the job market/ to prepare for life in general/ to make good citizens
To learn subjects, attitudes, morality, religion, sociality
For ''melting pot' reasons
For vocational reasons
For enjoyment of a good life
As a spiritual journey
For intellectual excitement
Skills (knowledge how)
Facts (knowledge that)
The significance of social differences: class, gender, ethnicity, learning difficulties.
Living with differences:
learning harmony
learning peaceful-political conflict
learning tolerance
Diversity in community
For community?
For individuals?
For knowledge?
For character?
Individual differences, wants, needs
Fulfilling individual potentials
Fair treatment for all
Academic excellence
Prof. Morwenna Griffiths
To empower
To revitalise democracy
To benefit the economy
To know their place
As child-care
To keep them off the streets
and out of trouble
Arendt, H (1968) Between Past and Future (Chapter 3) Penguin
Carr, David (2003) Making Sense of Education, London: Routledge
Carr, Wilfred (ed) (2005) The RoutledgeFalmer Reader in Philosophy of Education, London: RoutledgeFalmer
Dewey, J., (1916) Democracy and Education, New York: Macmillan
Dewey, J., (1938) Experience and Education, New York: Collier
Greene, Maxine (1995) Releasing the Imagination, San Francisco: Jossey Bass
Greene, Maxine (1988) The Dialectic of Freedom, New York: Teachers College Press
Griffiths, Morwenna (2003) Action for Social Justice in Education, Maidenhead: Open University Press
Griffiths, Morwenna (2006) "Learning to be in public spaces" British Journal of Educational Studies (Special Issue on Social Justice) (with Judy Berry, Anne Holt, John Naylor and Philippa Weekes) 54 (3)
Marples, Roger (ed) (1999) The Aims of Education, London and New York: Routledge
Plato (2005) Protagoras and Meno, Trans. Adam Beresford Penguin Classics
Pring, Richard (2004) Philosophy of Education: Aims, Theory, Common Sense and Research, London: Continuum
Pring, Richard (2007) "The common school", Journal of Philosophy of Education, 42 (4) 503-522
Winch, Christopher (2002) "The economic aims of education", Journal of Philosophy of Education 36 (1) 101-117
Some Reading
DON'T try and read all of them! Most of them are difficult but worth the effort. So skim them and see which you might find interesting and thought-provoking.
Some more to think about
Use the web to find out the various reasons that Scottish policy makers think that schools are good.

Use the web to find out the criteria in inspections to find out the various reasons that inspectors think that schools are good.

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