Why is education in the open society not open? Why is this option not even considered in the debate over which education is most suited for the open society? Many consider such an option irresponsible. What, then, are the minimal responsibilities of education?
The present volume raises these questions and many more. It is a book we have been waiting for. It offers a rare combination of two seemingly opposite, unyielding attitudes: critical and friendly. Dr. Yehezkely applies a rigorous fallibilist-critical approach to issues regarding contemporary education. His diagnosis is that the source of our trouble is the closed undemocratic character of education, which causes education to become, in effect, a fifth column in the open democratic society. Following Popper, he concedes that democracy is every bit as flawed and as problematic as its enemies accuse it of being, particularly in education; still it is our only hope, since open responsible debate of vital problems cannot do without it. Democracy is risky: yet its absence guarantees failure, especially in closed undemocratic education, even when inspired by the most progressive ideas extant, charged with tremendous good will, and executed with selfless love and devotion. Kibbutz education is a case in point.
Preface: Giving Our Children the Benefit of the Doubt
Theoretical Background Back to Basics
The Quest for the Good Society
The Quest for the Good Education
Closed Education in the Open Society
Utopianism in the Kibbutz The Kibbutz: A Closed Open Society
Between Kibbutz and Kibbutz Education
The Central Flaw of Kibbutz Education Faith
The Ethical Dimension
The Critical Approach
The Answer from Liberalism
Conclusion: The Benefits of Doubt: All That We Truly Have