This book provides an authoritative, yet accessible guide to the philosophy of education, its scope, its key thinkers and movements, and its potential contribution to a range of educational concerns. The text offers a balanced view of three key dimensions: first, in giving an equal weight to different styles and modes of philosophy; second, by including past and present perspectives on philosophy of education; and third, in covering both the general “perennial” issues in philosophy and issues of more contemporary concern.
Chapter 16: The Wider Ethical Dimensions of Education and Teaching
The Wider Ethical Dimensions of Education and Teaching
Variously attributed to Benjamin Disraeli and John Dewey, the sentiment that what the good parent wants for his or her child, so the nation must want for all its children, embodies the complex principle in a democratic society that the conduct and quality of education is profoundly necessary to its survival. Education and teaching are thus set within a broad multi-dimensional social framework that includes parental responsibilities, the character and conduct of institutions, and cultural mores. These are three of the wider ethical dimensions of teaching and education addressed in this chapter, though some topics raised here should be examined through the named chapters in other parts of this handbook.