chapter  10
Thinking Educational Ethics with Levinas and Jonas EIRICK PRAIRAT
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To illustrate traditional educational ethics, there is no better example than the following excerpt borrowed from Rudyard Kipling’s 1899 book titled Stalky & Co. The story unfolds in an English school at the end of the nineteenth century. Stalky, McTurk, and Beetle, three boarders in this institution, have managed to ingratiate themselves to a certain Dabney, a retired colonel and the owner of a vast estate adjacent to the school. To be more precise, they have obtained the authorization to come and go freely on his property. They take advantage of this to construct a hut where they meet on a regular basis to read, talk, and smoke with complete impunity. With complete impunity, because they are also authorized to leave the school since they are members of the Natural History Society. This distinction gives them some privileges which they use cunningly.