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Educating the Young

The Ethics of Care

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Edited By Jeanne Adèle Kentel

This collection of essays initiates a conversation about the educational interests of the young and considers the potential for pedagogical transformation. Organized into three parts, dealing with the pedagogy of care, child honouring and telling children the truth, respectively, the volume engages with some of the key ethical challenges involved in educating young people. Through the diverse perspectives and approaches of sixteen authors, the book examines conflicting educational ideologies through a critical pedagogical lens. These authors consider poetic, aesthetic, inspiring, historical, political and ethical ways of both educating and being educated by the young. The volume aims to provoke further thought and debate among those who wish to consider the complex nature of educating the young with honesty, honour and care.

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Foreword by the General Editors Understanding and providing for the proper care of the young is something which challenges us all. It is a particular challenge for those in the profes- sions that are entrusted with the welfare of children and young people. These individuals are increasingly being called to account by those who are satisfied by nothing less than excellence. It is to the credit of such professions that their practitioners are rising to this challenge and paying increasing attention to these responsibilities. This book ref lects this increased aware- ness of responsibility. The volume both examines issues at the classroom level and addresses wider concerns such as violence and globalization. The source material for this analysis is drawn from dif ferent continents and dif ferent cultures. The focus of the volume is on critical pedagogy and on what it means to exercise care in the process of educating. It is recognized that restraint in educational methods, prompted by over-caring concern, can stif le the liberating ef fect that education should have on the young. The contributors to the book highlight the inevitable tension that exists between responsi- bility and creativity and, importantly, show how the two concepts can be reconciled in good practice. This book will be of much interest to all who educate and care for the young, whether in a professional or a voluntary capacity. R. John Elford Simon Robinson

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