Philosophy and the American School: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education

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CHAPTER SIXTEEN
Building A Personal Philosophy of Education

WHAT LIES AHEAD?

Philosophy's business is all of life. And if philosophy has any central, guiding purpose, that purpose is to bring thought to bear upon the task of living well. In education, its mission is the same: to bring criticism to the task of educating well. Therefore, if a study of the philosophy of education is to have any genuine effect, it must terminate in a recognition of how philosophical ideas come to live within us and how they serve to move and shape our experience.

Therefore, if you are asking, after these many pages, what remains to be done, the answer is just this: to identify some personal set of commitments which you can lay claim to as your own; to extend and enlarge those commitments into a cluster of notions, about the world and about the job of teaching, which fit together and which you can defend; finally,

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