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Title: Values and Upbringing: A Liberal Outlook
Authors: Golubović, Aleksandra
Zelić, Nebojša
Pektor, Leonard
Keywords: Liberal legitimacyjustice as fairnessupbringingeducationcosmopolitanism
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Aleksandra Golubović, Nebojša Zelić, Leonard Pektor, "Values and Upbringing: A Liberal Outlook", in "Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2018) XX/2", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2018, pp. 467-489
Journal: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics 
Part of: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2018) XX/2
Although there seems to be a consensus among Croatian and international education
theorists alike when it comes to the issue of values being an integral part of upbringing
almost to the same extent as upbringing is considered a part of education, discord ensues
as soon as implementation of specific values is attempted through official curricula. There
is discord when it comes to specific values, but also when teaching methods are concerned.
In this paper, we will argue that this issue could be resolved by applying Rawls's theory of
justice to the prevalent practices in upbringing and education, with some minor
adjustments. We argue that, since the political and familial domains share three crucial
characteristics, it is legitimate to expand the application of the public reason as the main
principle of political domain, so as to govern both parental and educational conduct, which
could in turn result in considerable changes in the ways upbringing is traditionally viewed.
By analysing the main principles of Rawls's liberal theory of justice, and applying these to
parental practices at home, as well as to institutionalized educational conduct by the
teachers at schools, we will try to offer an outlook on the proper educational and parental
conduct from the liberal perspective. In the final chapter, we will defend the idea of
cosmopolitanism as the right way to go at the crossroads of deciding on the appropriate
educational policies in the liberal, democratic, constitutional regimes, the kind that most of the contemporary (Western) societies, declaratively, strive to be, but often seem to fail in
this endeavour. This is confirmed in the light of numerous crises we are faced with lately.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-5167
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
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