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education philosophy - Part I A societys education system...

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Part I A society’s education system is the basis upon which the entire base of individuals is constructed. A solid education system means that the individuals of the society will grow to become productive members who can then, in turn, increase the basis of knowledge and provide further education for future generations. Without this dichotomy, advancement is impossible. It is important, however, to differentiate education from mere schooling. Indeed, a great deal of society’s knowledge is conveyed upon pupils during their schooling years, but a substantial portion of the knowledge necessary to survive and become a productive citizen is given at the home as well. Most philosophers identify multiple stages of education and point out an array of specific goals that must be achieved in each stage. Only through going through each stage and accomplishing each goal, they say, will a child be able to be fully fostered into an adult. Thus, ones personal educational philosophy should take this notion into account; it is simply impossible to convey all of society’s knowledge at once and it must be instead broken into chunks that can be digested by the individual based on his or her own personal developmental stage. Finally, we must ensure that our education system meets not only the demands of the individual, but also those of society as a whole. Indeed, while it is unnecessary for every living member of the society to be well versed in every aspect of civilization, it is necessary for the entire base of knowledge to be contained somewhere. In order to achieve this goal, education must be as diverse as the pool of knowledge contained by the society and equally obtainable to all of its members. Thus, education becomes the bottleneck through which all of society’s knowledge must pass; if we are unable to teach in whole everything that we as a people know, the knowledge will
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simply be lost. Of primary goal, the enterprise of civil society depends in whole on teaching young people to become fully functioning societal beings. That is, they must be given the tools necessary to develop into responsible, thoughtful, and enterprising citizens. This task is more complex than given at face and incorporates a wide array of complex tasks including a deep understanding of ethical principles, moral values, political theory, aesthetics, and economics. By extension, a child must also understand who they, themselves, are in a society. This goal starts early and ends late, encompassing more than just the school years of an individual. And while Plato – who advocated removing children from the care of their parents and placing them in the ward of the state to receive their full education – might argue that these tasks can be directly taught in a master-to- pupil relationship, more modern philosophers have agreed that ones moral distinctive behaviors come from mimicry of a more senior member of society, such as their parents. Plato’s notion exists on the assumption that the individual will grow from within a just
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This essay was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course PHIL 3 taught by Professor Baumgartner during the Fall '05 term at UCSD.

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