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Another review on the Philosophy of Education
on May 11, 2013
Nel Nodding's Philosophy of Education should be listed as a must read for educators and all concerned with education and its future. The book not only provided a useful introduction to the philosophy of education but an introduction to philosophy itself. Mrs. Nodding also provided many insights into the current debates within education, knowledge and its construction, society and its problems; as well as a survey of ideas championing reform.
Several themes were over-viewed throughout the book, including a history of education and philosophy from Plato to the postmodern feminist critics of today, the sub-branches of philosophy and their relevance to education, as well as challenges to education today. Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau, Kant, Dewey, Piaget, Vygotsky, Bertrand Russell and Kohlberg are included in the selection of theoreticians quoted and reviewed. I liked how questions were provided at the end of each chapter, because they served not only to refresh ideas discussed in the chapter but they also lead the reader into contemplation on chapter themes.
Although all chapters were relevant, I considered the two most useful chapters, `The Problems of School Reform,' because it provided a critical analysis of the NCLB law, and `the Feminist Critique,' because the ethic of care was introduced; a philosophical perspective which prioritizes relationships and their importance to the educational process.
This short review can not do adequate justice to the contents of `the Philosophy of Education.' Yet, for anyone interested in the history of education, different philosophical perspectives on education, and the current state of education today, this book will make a nice addition to your bookshelf.......