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Civic Education, Pluralism and the Indispensable Role of the State

Christopher Winch*

The Overall Argument

The argument in this chapter is that the involvement of the state in the education of future citizens is an absolute duty. This may sound paradoxical in an age of widespread privatization of public services and an apparent ideological dominance of anti-statist views about the provision of public services. However, the argument will focus on the importance of civic education broadly conceived of as a means of providing the conditions for the development of individuals. The health of the polity is a prerequisite for the health and well-being of the vast majority of citizens and must thus be considered the first task of civic education.

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