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The Future of Education, Democracy and Social Justice

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York St John University

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The Future of Education, Democracy and Social Justice

Over a century ago, with the publication of Democracy and Education, John Dewey argued for the mutually dependent relationship linking a legitimate education system and a thriving democracy. Currently, a number of developments undermine the prospects for strong links between education, democracy and social justice including:

  • The growth of inequality in wealth and income, highlighted recently by the OECD and other commentators
  • The rise of performativity and the translation of democratic deliberation and decision making into matters of techno-rationality and efficiency
  • The dismantling of connections between local representative government and education
  • The growth of private forms of educational provision and governance, including private schools and private tutors
  • The promotion of authoritarian cultures and disciplinary regimes in schools
  • The rise of extremism, including religious extremism, and the growing support for extreme right-wing parties and ideas;

Against this background the contributors to this seminar address the question of the relationship – real, ideal and potential – between education, democracy and social justice

Contributors include:

Professor Richard Pring

Professor Carol Vincent

Professor Martin Mills


Venue: De Grey Lecture Theatre

Wine reception: 18.00
Event start: 18.45
Event finish: 20.45


If you require any further information on this event please contact Charlotte Haines Lyon @ c.haineslyon@yorksj.ac.uk

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