This book provides an authoritative, yet accessible guide to the philosophy of education, its scope, its key thinkers and movements, and its potential contribution to a range of educational concerns. The text offers a balanced view of three key dimensions: first, in giving an equal weight to different styles and modes of philosophy; second, by including past and present perspectives on philosophy of education; and third, in covering both the general “perennial” issues in philosophy and issues of more contemporary concern.
Chapter 11: Feminism and Education
Feminism and Education
Many a woman has experienced vividly at first hand that demolition, that shaking of established belief, which Descartes thought necessary for the acquisition of knowledge – and it happened not because she is a philosopher, retreating to a room of her own, but because she is a woman in the wide world. (Langton, 2000: 127)
Over the past four decades, feminist scholars in increasing numbers have taken up their pens and keyboards to respond to issues raised about social life and education and to raise issues that have been ignored. They started from a missing point of view: their own experience of living as women ‘in the wide world.’ Whereas gendered identity was their point of departure, that standpoint itself quickly ...