Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2015

Publication Title

Educational Theory and Philosophy

Volume

47

Issue

5

Pages

455-473

Publisher Name

Taylor & Francis

Abstract

This inquiry aims to enrich conversation regarding school reform. The author asks about what other discourses are possible when the action-oriented question of how to ‘act’ is a major approach to ‘fix’ current educational problems. Drawing from Taoist philosophy of wuwei (non-action), the author provides a frame to review current school reform movement. Political philosophy of wuwei highlights non-interference or non-intervention governance. Laozi discusses his theory of governance that a sage leader should take and explicates the paradox of non-action: By not doing, everything is done. The paradox of wuwei complicates dialogues in the field of curriculum theory by opening spaces for taking effortless actions in the midst of standardization and accountability reform movement.

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Author Posting © Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia, 2014. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Educational Theory and Philosophy, Volume 47, Issue 5, 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2013.879692

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