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Despite the current expectations, we can change public education and work within the system. D.J. ‘Connor published An Introduction to Philosophy of Education (1957) in which, among other things, he argued that the word theory” as it is used in educational contexts is merely a courtesy title, for educational theories are nothing like what bear this title in the natural sciences.
In particular, he might propound a whole public philosophy for public school education, making clear which dispositions it can and should seek to promote, how it should promote them, and which ones should be left for the home, the church, and other private means of education to cultivate.
Critically, despite being the pure scientists’ description, this definition covers only one type of source of knowledge obtained from empirical paradigm; but falls short of not including whole issues covered by other social fields like history and philosophy.
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All human societies, past and present, have had a vested interest in education; and some wits have claimed that teaching (at its best an educational activity) is the second oldest profession. Hence the national education programme is mould to produced educated, competent and high moral citizens, who will be able to serve and contribute not only to the progress of the nation but also provide their service to maintain international peace and stability.
It is sobering to reflect that only a few decades have passed since practitioners of analytic philosophy of education had to meet in individual hotel rooms, late at night, at annual meetings of the Philosophy of Education Society in the USA, because phenomenologists and others barred their access to the conference programs; their path to liberation was marked by discord until, eventually, the compromise of live and let live” was worked out (Kaminsky 1993).
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Teachers are bound to have different ideas in the areas of classroom management, teaching styles, motivation, etc. I think my stance in this matter echoes Quine’s reaction to Carnap’s idea of philosophy as second-order discourse – which is that second-order discourse is every bit as ubiquitous as first-order discourse, the former doing nothing more than switching from the material to the formal mode (see the concluding pages of Word and Object).
This tension is perhaps felt most acutely by contemporary post-modern philosophers of education, but it can be seen in much of the work of neo-Marxists, critical theorists, feminists, and Foucauldians as well: how to argue for and promote an emancipatory approach to education that does not itself fall into the habits of exclusionary language, authoritative (if not authoritarian) postures, and universalizing generalizations that are excoriated when detected in the work of others.
It is argued that educators at all …Read More
Two of these general or world philosophies, idealism and realism, are derived from the ancient Greek philosophers, Plato and Aristotle. Our Ph.D. in Education graduates pursue successful careers as faculty and/or researchers in universities, research agencies, and school boards; obtain leadership positions in health sciences or government or pursue post-doctoral fellowships in their field of expertise.
One of education’s primary missions for Aristotle, perhaps its most important, was to produce good and virtuous citizens for the polis All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.
According to Khalid(1998, p. 98) : the aim of education at this stage is to perfect the organs and the senses that are instruments of knowledge and the development of his natural powers before knowledge is actually received.” The senses of the child must be developed with gymnastics and …Read More
Within the epistemological frame that focuses on the nature of knowledge and how we come to know, there are four major educational philosophies, each related to one or more of the general or world philosophies just discussed. Teaching seen as a facilitation, Komba (2004:289-298) elaborates it as a process that facilitates learning, where a teacher acts like a catalyst, stimulating learning, it is seen as the type of teaching, where by the main function is to guide students to creative dimension of education.
This sort of system-building across epistemological, ethical, and social/political issues is what the great philosophers do, and it is revealing that for them philosophy of education was rarely seen as a distinct area of inquiry but merely the working out in practice of implications for teaching and learning that were derived from their larger positions about truth, value, justice, and so on.
Daniels, a freshly minted Ph.D. …Read More