Perennialism, Perennialists is the aim of education is to ensure that students acquire understandings about the great ideas of Western civilization. These sorts of struggles over the maintenance of the disciplinary boundary, and the attempt to define and enforce certain methods as paramount, are hardly unique to philosophy of education. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK’s higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
An education which consisted of the liberal arts as understood through great books and of great books understood through the liberal arts…It must follow that if we want to educate our students for freedom, we must educate them in the liberal arts and in the great books.
Education should be for the happiness and liberty of the child and it should be through experience. Plato was an idealist philosopher who founded the first school of philosophy in Athens. Society can be a cruel place for students fresh out of high school and even college.
Knowing how each of these philosophies started seems interesting since each had its own vision with regards to education. For these education pages I hope to write a short treatise on how we can improve our educational system, founded on one simple principle.
However, there is another consequence of this institutional housing of the vast majority of philosophers of education that is worth noting—one that is not found in a comparable way in philosophers of science, for example, who almost always are located in departments of philosophy—namely, that experience as a teacher, or in some other education-related role, is a qualification to become a philosopher of education that in many cases is valued at least as much as depth of philosophical training.