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Helen M. Gunter

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447339588

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447339588.001.0001

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Thinking politically again: the conditions for public education

Thinking politically again: the conditions for public education

(p.157) Eight Thinking politically again: the conditions for public education
The Politics of Public Education

Helen M. Gunter

Policy Press

This chapter summarizes key themes and presents some final thoughts. The chapter recaps that the book used Hannah Arendt's thinking to explore the catastrophe that is unfolding in plain sight in public services education and the wider political culture in which it is located. The investigation into education policy reveals the ‘new modes of negating the human’ through the disposability of children and the professionals committed to educating them. The chapter begins by summarising what is unfolding and testing it against the conditions for totalitarianism that Arendt identifies. It notes the trends in the crystallisation of those conditions, and the dangers evident in the death of political thinking, talking, and action. A study of public services education is a site where this can be recognised, but it is also where politics is in evidence in regard to both resistance and the resilience of a commons approach.

Keywords:   Hannah Arendt, public services education, knowledge production, totalitarianism, education policy, public education

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