Philosophy of Education
Topic: Philosophy of Education. This course is fairly straightforward. We will read select works from three prominent figures in the philosophy of education: Plato, Dewey, and Freire. Our aim will be to address the following issues and make sense of the connections between them:
- What is the purpose of education?
Are we working to create a particular kind of human being or are our efforts geared more towards societal goals?
- Who or what is educated?
Is everyone to be educated or is the focus on a particular demographic?
What does education act on: souls, minds, consciousness?
- How are students educated?
Is there a primary subject matter, curriculum, or technique being advocated?
What theories of teaching or learning are employed?
- Is there a metaphysics in play informing any of the above items?
Does being committed to a particular metaphysics also commitment one to particular educational strategies?
Students will be expected to address the above issues by writing two papers: one on a particular figure and issue and one comparing two figures on a particular issue or issues. Weekly quizzes will also be administered toward the same end.
TEXTS: Experience and Education, John Dewey; Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire.