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Philosophy & Education: An Introduction in Christian Perspective 4th Edition

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"George Knight ... shows how Christian education can be thoroughly Christian instead of just a secular pill with a Christian coating." -- Christian Educators Journal

"Knight's excellent survey of the relation of education and philosophy deserves serious consideration as a textbook in educational philosophy." -- Christianity Today

"[It] is characterized by ... its ... logical presentation, and, above all, by the honesty, modesty, and tentativeness of its claim." -- Religious Education

"[It] is written in non-technical language and would be an excellent text in an introductory course in philosophy of education." --Review and Expositor

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The basic premise underlying this book is the seemingly obvious proposition that individuals cannot arrive at their destination unless they know where they are going. That premise leads to inquiries about goals, the issue of goals leads to reflection upon values, and questions concerning values lead to the consideration of such basic items as the nature of truth and reality. In other words, questions about purpose direct us to basic philosophic issues.

A second premise is that there is a definite connection between philosophic positions and educational practices. The implication of this statement is that educational practices are built upon philosophical beliefs. . .

A third premise is that the greatest need of Christian schools is that they be Christian in the fullest sense of the word. In an era of soaring educational costs, the continued existence of Christian schools as an alternative to public systems of education may be predicated upon the ability of Christian educators to develop a genuinely Christian alternative. This need can only be realized as Christian educators clearly understand their basic beliefs and how those beliefs can and must affect their educational planning and practice. . .

The reception of the first and second editions of Philosophy and Education far exceeded my expectations. The book's numerous printings and increasing use have validated the helpfulness of the general approach taken. As a result, the third edition makes no macro-changes in structure. It has however, added a chapter on postmodernism, and a section discussing critical pedagogy, multiculturalism, and feminism. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews University Press; 4 edition (August 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883925541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883925543
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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Traditional educational philosophies are helpful to some degree, for instance Knight points out that postmodernists' interest in social issues is similar to those listed in the Bible (94). Though there are some truths expressed in various philosophies, they all fail in their understanding of the human condition (133). Knight is careful to distinguish the uniqueness of Christian education, which is a "redemptive act"-one that seeks to reconcile students to the image of God (198). Since teachers are "agents of reconciliation" (200), it is important that they have a personal relationship with Christ (207). Knight describes teaching as the "art of loving God's children" (209). This love for students and truth is what fuels the central philosophy of Christian education, which is based on God as Creator, the disparity between good and evil, the consequences of sin and humanity, God's revelation of Himself through the Bible, and knowledge of His loving kindness and mercy (241). The very essence of Christian education is that "life is meaningless outside of Christ" and educators are to guide students to the same conclusion (242). All students, regardless if they are a believer or nonbeliever, should be given an opportunity for a life in Christ. Although Knight states that Christian education is a "redemptive act" and teachers are "agents of reconciliation," pointing students to the Savior is not confined to Christian institutions. If given the opportunity, Christian teachers can use their student's negative life situations to talk about Christ. Knight puts the correct perspective of teaching: no matter where a believer teaches, the main objective is always the same-to be used as an instrument in drawing people to Christ.
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Having taken the course "Philosophy of Education" and having to use many textbooks, one of which was "Philosophy and Education: An Introduction in Christian Perspective" by George R. Knight, I was given a broad perspective of what the philosophies of education are. This book centers on the philosophy that is held by most major monotheistic religions and the author does not presuppose that the reader is already grounded in the basics of Christian educational philosophy because the book is intended for use in the Christian environment. I recommend this book to those that want to have a broader perspective in educational philosophy.
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My classmates preferred the other textbook we read (Foundations of Christian Education), but I really loved this book. His main point is that "mindlessness" has characterized teachers who simply pull from a variety of methods and philosophies without realizing they do not cohesively integrate. As Christians, our practices and theories which inform our practices should be distinctively Christian. My philosophy of education is much more clear and consistent as a result of this book.

His insights on Christian axiology and esthetics alone are worth the whole price of the book! That section is underlined and starred all over the place.
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Wow! I always thought philosophy to be boring however, this book made the subject matter clear and very comprehensible. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and expanding my knowledge. If you have always had an adverse reaction to philosophy then this is the book for you. Happy reading!
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I purchased this book for a class and was very impressed by the thorough and interesting way the material was presented. Many philosophical views are considered and brought to light from a Christian perspective as well. It is a great resource tool for me to use in the future.
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By Lj on February 12, 2012
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When I was asked to read this text for my Fundamental of Philosophy class I was not thrilled, but now I am half way through and I am convinced that every educator must read this book.
The shipping process was fast and the book was in excellent condition.
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An excellent book. It demonstrates that every educational theory was inspired by some philosophy. Thus you cannot understand educational theory unless you know the underlying philosophy. Yet it is written in a simple, clear form (sometimes a little too simplistic, if you have a philosophy background, but the intended readers are teachers, not philosophers). I have used the book in a worldview class to illustrate the importance of being able to identify the worldviews that influence theory-formation within all the academic disciplines, not just education.
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This is a great book even for non-christian. It gives a well-rounded introduction to how the world is viewed by non-christian from a christian standpoint and how one should recognize those non-christian philosophies and apply a christian worldview to those non-christian approaches. Of course, some of the information on the philosophy of education could be useful to all even non-christian as it is general enough for one to merely receive it as a worthwhile information.
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