chapter  7
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Values in education (1)

ByGlenn Langford

My subject in this chapter is values in education. This is a topic which is raised, in an interesting way, by Professor Peters’s wellknown account of the concept of education and which receives detailed consideration in his book Ethics and Education.1 will begin, therefore, with the account of education given there, or that part of it which is relevant to my purpose (ibid., p. 24):

The first criterion, the one with which I will be concerned, is that ‘education’ ‘implies that something worthwhile is being or has been intentionally transmitted in a morally acceptable manner’ (ibid., p. 25). I will confine myself to the first part of this requirement, i.e. the requirement that something worthwhile is being or has been intentionally transmitted. The second criterion, which is concerned with knowledge, understanding and cognitive perspective, lies outside the scope of my present concern.