Week 5: Philosophy of Education

This week’s reading was focused on the Philosophy of Education and Sociology of Education. Since there was a lot of reading I learned many things. The first thing I learned was that Perennialism is a belief system where you believe that human nature is unchanging, which means, eventually you always come back to how things once were. The second thing I learned was that Idealists argue that classics in literature, music, and art and transhistorical and should form the core of curriculum. This is surprising since these types of art in today’s current education are viewed by many as a ‘side class’ and not apart if the core classes such as English, Math, Science, etc. Thirdly, what Essentialism is and how it represents education as going “back to the basics”. It focuses on learning basic skills and mastery on content.

Two connections I made this week would include that in my classes in the past I notice now that teachers followed parts of some of each of the philosophies. For example, in some science classes I noticed that some professors follow Progressivism for the idea of experimentation or Perennialism since they taught with an emphasis in art. The other connection I made was to my own teaching philosophy as I was creating my paper. I noticed parts of Perennialism, Progressivism, and even parts of Existentialism appearing in some form as I crafted my philosophy.

One Question I still have is: How does your own personal teaching philosophy connect to some of the readings from this week? Do you think it will change or remain the same?


One thought on “Week 5: Philosophy of Education

  1. Brody, I enjoyed reading your blog. In response to your question, I felt that the reading made my teaching philosophy more specific and mentioned some names I too used in my paper. I think it was Froebel that was mentioned? He was an idealist and pretty much the child learns through hands on activity/play. There were also different perspectives or views in which I liked reading about because it opened my eyes to other ideas and philosophies. Like you mentioned perennialism, unchanging human nature, I connect this with Thomas Hobbes who was a philosopher who basically said that when it comes down to it, our survival instincts kick in. Lots of good insight in your blog!


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