The word education is used sometimes to signify the activity, process, or enterprise of educating or being educated and sometimes to signify the discipline or field of study taught in schools of education that concerns itself with this activity, process, or enterprise. Books and extracts in this genre—which might be called cultured reflection on education”—are often used in teacher-training courses that march under the banner of educational foundations”, introduction to educational thought”, or introduction to philosophy of education”.
In particular, he might propound a whole public philosophy for public school education, making clear which dispositions it can and should seek to promote, how it should promote them, and which ones should be left for the home, the church, and other private means of education to cultivate.
Steiner’s theory of child development divides education into three discrete developmental stages predating but with close similarities to the stages of development described by Piaget Early childhood education occurs through imitation; teachers provide practical activities and a healthy environment.
The central thesis is that education should be founded on truth and reality, and in particular how this relates to the interconnection of Mind (cultural knowledge and truth), Matter (biological knowledge and how our bodies are interconnected with other matter around us) and Space (our environment, society).
A.N. Whitehead somewhere remarked that the history of Western philosophy is nothing but a series of footnotes to Plato, and if the Meno and the Laws are added to the Republic, the same is true of the history of educational thought and of philosophy of education in particular.