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Moral alternatives to education

  • Carl Bereiter


The God-like role of teachers in setting goals for the development of children is no longer morally tenable. A shift to informal modes of education does not remove the difficulty. This paper questions the assumption that education itself is a good undertaking and considers the possibilities of a world in which values other than educational ones come to the fore.


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Au point de vue moral, le rôle quasi-divin que jouent les maîtres dans l'établissement des objectifs de l'épanouissement des enfants n'est plus, supportable. Par ailleurs, le recours à des modes éducatifs dépourvus de formalisme ne résoud pas le problème. Cette étude conteste le postulat selon lequel l'éducation est une entreprise bonne en soi et elle envisage les possibilités qui s'offrent dans un monde où seront mises de l'avant des valeurs autres que les valeurs éducatives.


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