A class with Michael Sandel at Harvard
COMPETING EDUCATIONAL AUTHORITIES
Proposed, that the content of secondary school textbooks be approved not by a single state authority, but by two — one representing the political majority, and the other, the political minority, with each having sole authority over an (electorally) proportionate amount of the curriculum. To put it another way, it is a replacement of “winner-determines-all” education with “winner-determines-the-greater-part” education. Such competing educational authorities could lead, on some matters, to competing curricula within the same classes, particularly with respect to classes for civics, history, economics, biology and English. Such a dual approach would allow more freedom in addressing sensitive or controversial topics, foster greater critical thinking by the students, and lay the psychological foundation for free speech.