chapter  1
Liberalism, Postmodernism, Critical Theory and Politics
WithRobert Young
Pages 9

The central concern of liberal models of education has been the avoidance of ‘indoctrination’. The term itself was coined by one of Dewey’s students (Garrison, 1986). Avoiding indoctrination has generally been defined as so ordering the educational experience that learners come to accept views only on the basis of reasons which seem valid to them as individuals (see Young, 1984). The crucial issue for this account is that of the possibility of the kind of rational autonomy that the theory calls for.