Education and Recognition
Sexual and Gender Diversity in Schools
Introduction There has been much philosophical discussion in recent years about selfesteem and self-respect and the role of education in their cultivation. (On self-esteem, see, for instance, Dewhurst, 1991.) As far as I am aware, little has been said about the related topic of recognition. This paper is an attempt to map out some of the main issues in this area. Where self-esteem and self-respect have to do with how one sees oneself, recognition is concerned with how others see one. The two
... ics are linked, in that how one sees oneself in the former cases is often a function of how others see one. To that extent, I hope the discussion in this paper will also contribute to work on self-esteem and selfrespect. The ultimate destination will be the place of recognition in schooling. This will cover both the individual student's need for recognition and its role within the curriculum. But, fJrst, I shall say something about the concept of recognition. Then, I shall look at the importance of recognition in human life in general, at whether it can be said to constitute a basic human need, and at its relation to the biologically more primitive notion of attention. After a brief discussion of fame as one form of recognition, I try in the fmal section to show how the foregoing discussion helps to throw light on matters to do with schooling.