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“First Among Equals”: The Roles of Teachers in Educational Publics

Champaign , USA

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Kathleen Knight Abowitz

Kathleen Knight Abowitz (Miami University) will be joining us on 4/22 (10:00am Room 242) to discuss her current paper in progress: “First Among Equals”: The Roles of Teachers in Educational Publics.


Building capacities for parents and communities to become more involved in the governance of their public schools (Knight Abowitz, 2013) raises a number of conflicts for those advocating greater teacher professionalism. This paper discusses the tensions between democratic governance and some conceptions of both teacher professionalism and teacher activism. The paper articulates a rationale for viewing teachers as “first among equals” (Strike, 1993) in the deliberation and decision-making processes of public education.


Free and open to the public


Roman Friedman


Philosophy of Education Discussion Group