Studies in Philosophy and Education

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 231-241

First online:

Kenneth Strike on Liberalism, Citizenship and the Private Interest in Schooling

  • Terence H McLaughlinAffiliated withSchool of Education, University of Cambridge

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After indicating a number of points of agreement with the argument 0eveloped by Kenneth Strike in his article ‘Liberalism, Citizenship and the Private Interest in Schooling’, this article identifies and explores a number of queries and criticisms which arise in relation to that argument. These queries and criticisms relate especially to the nature and extent of the ‘expansiveness’ involved in Strike's conception of ‘public’ or common educational influence, and to the implications and justification of the claim that ‘private’ educational interests enjoy a greater salience and recognition on Strike's view of ‘public’ or ‘common’ educational influence than on some alternative views.