Philosophy of Education

This course explores central philosophical issues as they pertain to the field of education. These include ethics, justice, political philosophy, the ethics of special education, civic education, and more. Throughout the semester students will be introduced to classical texts in philosophy of education as well as to major philosophical texts that bear on educational issues. In addition to being exposed to important works in philosophy of education, students will learn to interpret and examine them in depth, to evaluate main philosophical ideas and arguments, and to connect them to practical and current issues in education as those pertain to educational policy, classroom practices, and personal growth, among other things—in other words, students will learn to engage in philosophical inquiry. This process will help students to refine and improve their own educational ideas, to become aware of their implicit assumptions and reconsider previously unexamined beliefs, to trace the origin of said beliefs, to improve their ability to express their ideas clearly (both orally and in writing), and to formulate sound arguments in support of their ideas. Most importantly, the goal is not just to learn about the philosophies of others but also to learn how to think philosophically and produce philosophical thought that is original, sound, and relevant to the students’ concerns as individuals and in their future capacity as teachers.

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