EDT 533: Philosophy of Educ


63791 (for web registration)




Peter Eppig






Fall 2009

Meeting Schedule:

Fri 9/18 (4:30PM-7:29PM)
Sat 9/19 (9:00AM-4:59PM)
Fri 10/9 (4:30PM-7:29PM)
Sat 10/10 (9:00AM-4:59PM)
Fri 11/6 (4:30PM-7:29PM)
Sat 11/7 (9:00AM-4:59PM)
Fri 12/4 (4:30PM-7:29PM)
Sat 12/5 (9:00AM-4:59PM)


Competency Area: Theoretical & Philosophical Foundations of Education
Restricted to continuing Experienced Educator students (Fall 2008 enterers ? Keene Cluster); others by written permission of the Program Director provided to the Registrar?s Office via Antioch email.

A basic assumption of this course is that every school person either has a conscious philosophy of education or behaves as if he or she has one. That is, not having a philosophy, the teacher follows set patterns of classroom organization, expectations of children?s behavior, curriculum, etc. which enforce purposes arrived at by someone else, or which were never intellectually formulated in the first place. Such a person lacks direction: when to support the system, when and how to challenge it, where to set personal limits on compromise? Through readings, discussion, introspection, and the comparison between ideals and experience, students will be expected to define personal systems of beliefs and operation compatible with their values and the state of their wisdom. American education will be examined from a social, political, and economic perspective, considering the impact of concurrent events in these realms on