The Concept of Authority and the Swedish Educational Crisis

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Title The Concept of Authority and the Swedish Educational Crisis
Author(s) Lilja, Peter ; Dahlbeck, Johan
Date 2016
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In 1958, Hannah Arendt published “The Crisis in Education” 1 addressing what she considered to be the poor state of contemporary American education. While the causes of this educational crisis was identified as part of much broader processes of social and political change, education stood out as a social arena where the effects of these transformations became most obvious. One of the most manifest symptoms of the crisis in education concerned the lack of authority in modern societies. Arendt claimed that this lack of authority eroded the fundamental relation between teacher and student and the mutual trust necessary for safeguarding the social position of the teacher. In this paper, we aim to use Arendt’s concept of authority in order to diagnose a current crisis in Swedish education, arguing that it may help us understand the role of the teacher in a way that offers a point of view missing in the current debate on Swedish education.
Publisher The Philosophy of Education Society
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Authority
Educational Crisis
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
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