All educational activities, from classroom practice to curriculum decisions to the setting of policies at the school, district, state, and federal levels, inevitably rest upon philosophical assumptions, claims, and positions. Finally, in your third year of study you will have the opportunity to either take a 40-credits dissertation that combines elements of your Education Studies with your chosen Humanities subject, or take a 20-credit Independent Project plus a 20-credit Practical Placement.
Our BA Philosophy with Education programme is not about memorising facts and figures, it’s about developing the skills to think clearly, to argue in a structured and methodical way, to present a position forcefully and concisely, and to recognise and accommodate a variety of counter-arguments.
Rousseau wrote in his book Emile that all children are perfectly designed organisms, ready to learn from their surroundings so as to grow into virtuous adults, but due to the malign influence of corrupt society, they often fail to do so. Rousseau advocated an educational method which consisted of removing the child from society—for example, to a country home—and alternately conditioning him through changes to his environment and setting traps and puzzles for him to solve or overcome.
Philip Kitcher focuses on the work of Dewey, Mill, and Adam Smith, arguing that Dewey’s philosophy of education has the resources to answer a challenge posed by Smith’s economic analyses, and that philosophers ought to embrace Dewey’s reconceptualization of philosophy as the general theory of education.” Catherine Elgin discusses the character of art and the centrality of art education to the curriculum.
In addition to educational institutions, Turkish entrepreneurs who share Gülen’s values have established voluntary associations like the Journalists and Writers Foundation, as well as media outlets in television, radio, and print, reflecting Gülen’s view that the mass media should play a part in public education and support the education policy approved by society.