The father’s function, the authority of the teacher and the conception of education in the state school
Dr. Janez Krek

Summary:  The article substantiates the significance, or the role, of the father’s function, that is, the Other as the bearer of the Law or the embodiment of rules, in efficient education in the state school. It analyses how, in the process of enculturation, in the adoption of social norms and rules, the personality structure of the individual forms itself and the father’s function arises, as defi ned by the notion of the (symbolic) Law. The key finding of the analysis for the formation of the conception of education of the state school is that pupils in the state school must be placed in a social network based on completely clear and pre-established rules that cannot be arbitrarily adapted. It is only possible to achieve this in the school with mutual reconciliation and by reaching agreement that is subsequently binding for everyone.

Journal of Contemporary Educational Studies is
published with support of Slovenian Research Agency.