Niclas Mansson* and Elisabet Langmann
In contrast to the status-quo understanding of ambivalence as something that can be encouraged through interpersonal relationships and multi-cultural understanding, educational discussion has been encouraged through this article. This article basically debates how our understanding of ambivalence change when we visualize it an ingenious and integral part of our educational system. Bauman contemplated ambivalence as a threat to a rational, just and well-functioning society. Authors trace our shyness on the above to the fears of Zygmunt Bauman who termed the ambivalence as ‘the scandal’ or ‘the horror’.
Initially, the article focuses on the idea that educational strategies, such as Democratic Deliberation, and Rational conversation, have been put in place to establish a mutual consensus on maintaining order in the society. In line with this argument, educational initiatives taken up to promote diversity are also helping the proponents of societal order to avoid discussions about the ambivalence in the society. Article argues that modern educational system staunchly believes in a strong connection between universalism, rationalism and the presence of an orderly society. As a result, our decisions, our judgments, in fact our very thinking process presupposes maintenance of an orderly society. This, author concludes, results in no room for ambivalence in a modern and well-organized society.