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Little Liberals: A Child-Centred Approach To The Inculcation Of Values, Alison M. Braley-Rattai Aug 2012

Little Liberals: A Child-Centred Approach To The Inculcation Of Values, Alison M. Braley-Rattai

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In a liberal-democracy, the proper role of parents and of the state in forming children’s beliefs involves several separate but interrelated debates: These concern the conceptual space that children occupy within liberal theory, the basis of the ‘control rights’ adults are said to have over children, and the tension between the values of autonomy and diversity, which are foundational values for a liberal-democracy. To clarify these debates, competing paradigms are identified in political theories that address them: A dual-interest view and a child-centred view. The former ‘balances’ the interests that parents and children have in the child-rearing relationship, and ...