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Rawls defines education as the training and development of abilities and aptitudes, a civic, constitutional teaching, as a means for making a living and developing a cooperation sense. To understand the role of education in Rawls' work we need to understand the concept of a well-ordered society. It is related to primary goods. In them political freedoms are given priority; and through them citizens -in developing their expression and meeting abilities, in enjoying freedom of thought- may get to enhance their self-esteem; guaranteeing citizens' personal and social life enrichment. From this perspective, education plays a central role in society, as it helps to develop autonomy, allowing for individuals' actions to be reflected by the principles they would accept as rational, reasonable, equal and free beings. As a consequence, education enables citizens for public debate. According to the theory of justice as fairness, differently from utilitarianism, citizenship development is a fundamental element; politics and education are intertwined aspects.
Keywords : well-ordered society; citizenship; education.