John Schostak, Matthew Clarke, Linda Hammersley-Fletcher

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Paradox is always with us. At an existential level, our very being in the world is not something we have chosen; yet the ‘thrownness’ of our being, as Heidegger described it, does not absolve us of ethical responsibility in living our life in this world, nor does our essentially isolated status as individuals release us from the obligation of living ethically alongside others within this shared world. However, claims to democracy are undermined if the fair, equitable and transparent political mechanisms are absent or corrupted to the extent that the views and experiences of large sections of a population remain unrepresented. This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the concepts covered in the preceding chapters of this book. The book enables the possibility of democratic education ‘in spite of it all’ and brings democracy into the classroom. It includes relations with parents, as well as building networks of schools.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationParadoxes of democracy, leadership and education
Subtitle of host publicationStruggling for social justice in the twenty-first century
EditorsJohn Schostak, Matthew Clarke, Linda Hammersley-Fletcher
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781351029186
ISBN (Print)9781138492981
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Jun 2020


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