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Questioning the parental right to educational authority - arguments for a pluralist public education system
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Utbildning och Demokrati)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9735-3440
2010 (English)In: Education Inquiry, ISSN 2000-4508, Vol. 1, no 3, 235-258 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

What could the principle of a parental right to educational authority mean for democracy in the long run? Taking its starting point in three models of educational authority, this article questions the current permissive attitude to a parental right in this area. It does so in the light of the shortcomings of such a right with regard to pluralism in education for each child and a development towards a democracy with deliberative qualities, which is used here as a normative point of reference. The article develops three arguments for a common pluralist public education system for the public good and analyses different ways in which the parental right to educational authority has been legitimised as a basis for creating independent schools. It also highlights the neglect of the role of political socialisation in political philosophy, while raising the question of whether it is possible to create a deliberative democracy without future citizens growing into a deliberative culture, with schools serving as the crucial intermediate institution.

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Umeå: Umeå School of Education , 2010. Vol. 1, no 3, 235-258 p.
Keyword [en]
parental right, educational authority, pluralism, deliberation, international conventions on parents' rights
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Pedagogy Social Sciences Social Sciences
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-12371OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-12371DiVA: diva2:359798
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