The idea that education involves a kind of therapy goes back to ancient times: Socrates was, at least in part, concerned with a kind of care of the self, and Plato in his early dialogues presents education as a cure for bad intellectual and moral habits. In the modern day, where the culture of therapy is prevalent to all walks of life, it is understood that the role of the teacher comprises aspects of therapy directed towards the child. But to what extent should this relationship be developed, and what are its concomitant responsibilities? This book offers a challenging philosophical approach to the inherent problems and tensions involved with these issues. Ultimately, it raises the question - is education itself in need of 'therapy'?

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