05. Judith Suissa. What is Anarchist Education?

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Judith Suissa is Professor of Philosophy of Education at the Institute of Education, University College London. She is the author and editor of numerous publications, including Anarchist Education: A Philosophical Perspective (scroll down for reviews) and Education, Philosophy, and Well-being. Judith writes of her research interests:

I am interested in the intersection between political ideas and educational practice. I am particularly concerned to challenge the narrow focus on state schooling characteristic of so much educational philosophy, theory and research, and to explore the underlying political and moral assumptions of pedagogical relationships outside the arena of institutional forms of education. These include parent-child relationships, educational experiments that challenge the state system, and informal education. My research draws on political and moral philosophy, with a particular focus on anarchist theory, questions of social justice, the control of education, utopian theory, social change, and the role of the state.

For a succinct take, start here: “Anarchy in the classroom”New Humanist. Volume 120. Issue 5 September/October 2005.

You can read more about Judith Suissa’s important and increasingly urgent work here.

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