By James Arthur, Karen Bohlin
What are the responsibilities of the collage to society and its groups? What are the virtues of college schooling? What are the university's moral obligations to its scholars? The function of citizenship and civic accountability in better schooling is a hugely contested but the most important component to any attention of the position of collage in society.This booklet deals considerate insights into this position, outlining the highbrow and useful tensions and pressures which come to endure upon greater schooling associations. extensive ranging in scope, it deals views from British, ecu, Canadian and North American academic environments. Citizenship and better schooling will end up stimulating examining for someone serious about the ethics of schooling and the university's position in society - together with educationalists, researchers, sociologists and policy-makers.
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But what about secondary schools? Completely different, many would insist. As my friend and co-author Professor Jan De Groof wrote in one of his many books on education law, the secondary school ‘teacher commits himself to an interpretation or clarification which is reconcilable with the educational project of the school’s governing authority…. Freedom of [school] ethos…in fact establishes limits at the time of assuming the position [of teacher]. ’2 2. ‘De leerkracht verbindt er zich toe voor de interpretatie of duiding die verenigbaar is met het opvoedingsproject van het schoolbestuur….
9 Decisions continue to be made by university faculty, but it is within the context of budgetary policy-making that, over time, can leave them arguing over trifles. 5. Silverglate, The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty in America’s Campuses, The Free Press, 1998, 57. 6. Conrad Russell, Academic Freedom, London: Routledge, 1993. 7. , 3. 8. Nisbet, 61. 9. Russell, 7. UNIVERSITIES OF CHARACTER? 31 This has led to the familiar quip that the reason faculty meetings are so contentious is that the issues are so unimportant!
Expecting a university-level teacher of—say—literature to avoid imposing upon students his uninformed opinions about religious and moral questions which conflict with the ‘educational project’ of the institution which employs him does not prevent him from being as unorthodox as he wishes about the authorship of the plays usually attributed to Shakespeare. Of course he has a right to freedom of speech on any matter on which he chooses to entertain an opinion, but only in his capacity as citizen and not in his capacity as teacher and with a ‘captive audience’ of students.
Citizenship and Higher Education: The Role of Universities in Community and Society (Key Issues in Higher Education) by James Arthur, Karen Bohlin