Philosophy Of Education (Stanford Encyclopedia Of Philosophy)

All human societies, previous and present, have had a vested interest in education and some wits have claimed that teaching (at its best an educational activity) is the second oldest profession. To cite 1 example that is prominent in the literature in North America at least, the US Supreme Court issued a ruling (Wisconsin v. Yoder) in which members of the Amish sect have been allowed to withdraw their young children from public schools soon after the eighth grade—for, it had been argued, any deeper education would endanger the existence of the group and its culture.

The most lively contemporary debates about education investigation, however, had been set in motion around the turn of the millennium when the US Federal Government moved in the direction of funding only rigorously scientific educational research—the kind that could establish causal elements which could then guide the improvement of virtually successful policies.

Normative philosophies …