Constructions of School Systems (Rebecca Roney)

One thing I learned from this week’s readings was humans typically live in the dark and the example that is provided from page 212 of the Philosophy of Education Reading was how often children will blindly accept their parent’s political beliefs without question because “they are relying on unreasoned assumption.” I think we see this a lot as students often get a lot of their opinions and beliefs from their parents and don’t question it. This can cause problems for instance, if parents have discriminative views that their children are picking up on.

Another thing I learned is about the concept of perennialism. This is where teaches believe that all students should learn the same way. On page 219 of the Philosophy of Education Reading it is said “Because human nature is unchanging, education should be the same for everyone.” This is something I do not agree with. Everything that we are learning nowadays is about how no student learns the same way and that we should embrace the differences of our students and teach them in the way they need.

One last thing I learned is the concept of essentialism and how it prepares students for their futures and to be “productive citizens,” (220). Teachers with an essentialist approach focus on using techniques that have been proven effective such as note taking. I think while this is an important approach it is also important to develop and try new concepts.

One connection I made is on page 228 with the concept of Social Reconstructionism which is “philosophy of education that maintains that teachers and schools ought to be change agents in creating a new and more equitable social order.” Most of ECS 100 focused around a question as to if an inclusive classroom can create an inclusive society. I think that it is important for classrooms to be inclusive and that it will create a more inclusive society.

Another connection I made was also on page 212 of the Philosophy of Education Reading how it explained a teacher is like a midwife who doesn’t give the students the information but helps the students to be able to learn the information on their own. I think it is important for teachers to help their students and provide the resources to be able to figure out their own knowledge.

A question I still have is should we be looking to include all the educational philosophies in our classrooms?

2 thoughts on “Constructions of School Systems (Rebecca Roney)”

  1. Hi, Rebecca! This was very well-written. As we have previously learned about the different parenting styles and now that they are being applied to students, I agree that we see students accepting their parents beliefs a lot, and that may not be a good thing. When I have a classroom, I want my students to come in with an open mind and have the ability to explore anything they would like to and sometimes thats hard if they’re mindset is strict. Perennialism is absolutely something that I do not agree with but unfortunately we see it time and time again. One of my questions is is how can we stray teachers away from this philosophy? I agree with your first connection, an inclusive educational classroom should be a goal of all teachers, whether newcomers or people who have had lots of experience. Its not only important for the knowledge the students learn, but also for their mental health. I loved reading the part about how the teacher is like a midwife, its so true! To answer your question as best as I can, I feel like depending on the content you are trying to teach your children, different philosophies will be used throughout the courses you teach. Although I do believe that perennialism is one philosophy that teachers could stray away from regardless of what they are trying to teach their students.


    1. Hey Rebecca!

      Just like you, I found the reading on Philosophy of Education to be really interesting. I enjoyed reading and learning about all the different philosophies and once I figured out my own I started trying to place all the professors I have had over the years into philosophy categories based on their approach to teaching. It a good way to see what philosophies work along with my own and which ones don’t. I also connected with page 212 how a “teacher is like a midwife who doesn’t give the students the information but helps the students to be able to learn the information on their own” I really agree with this, however, I feel it needs a new and improved update. Sure midwives are still a thing but not like they once were. Also the word midwife seems like a sexist limiting title for a teacher. Any ideas what word would be a better analogy that fits with this day and age we live in?


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