On the form and discovery of a philosophy of education

  • On the form and discovery of a philosophy of education

  • Joshua Butcher

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    September 16, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Many schools require teachers and headmasters to submit a philosophy of education as part of their job application. Sometimes a rubric is offered, other times not. I have two questions:

    1. Does one’s philosophy of education adhere to a definite form? Just as Socrates argues that right thinking proceeds through a formal process of defining, dividing, and recapitulating to discover truth, does a philosophy of education necessarily have certain topics, terms & relations, and layout?

    2. How does one discover one’s philosophy of education? Is it just a set of beliefs, or does it involve examining habits and practices that ostensibly manifest those beliefs? Is one’s philosophy of education a way of life, or a set of principles and procedures for operating within a well-defined educational context?

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