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This course has two major components: 1) a theoretical exploration of some of the philosophical issues surrounding school education and 2) a practical element focusing on how philosophy can be taught in secondary schools. Waldorf Schools were developed by philosopher and scientist Rudolf Steiner, who was hired to develop schools for the children of workers in the Waldorf Cigarette Factory after World War II. Based on Steiner’s theories of anthroposophy, Waldorf schools encourage delayed academics, favoring an arts-based elementary education.
It is best done by scholars who combine deep institutional and practical knowledge of educational policy-making and the daily work of teaching with the analytical skills and intellectual background afforded by education in moral and political philosophy.
Postmodern philosophers and philosophers of education challenge basic aspects of traditional philosophical theorizing by calling into question the possibility of objectivity, the neutrality of reason, the stability of meaning, and the distinction between …Read More