New Essays in the Philosophy of Education (International by Glenn Langford

By Glenn Langford

The members to this number of essays supply a stimulating and sundry diversity of techniques to this constructing quarter. the amount comprises discussions at the inspiration of schooling and such comparable themes as indoctrination and the character and scope of the speculation of schooling. elements of schooling together with the sphere of ethical schooling, and concerns that are mirrored prominently within the curricula of such topics as arithmetic and technological know-how in colleges and faculties are thought of.

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17 Baruch Spinoza, Theologico—Political Treatise, New York, 1951. 18 David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature, Book 1, Part 3, 8, New York, 1888. O’Connor I ‘Poor dear Psychology’ wrote Professor Broad in 1933, ‘has never got far beyond the stage of medieval physics, except in its statistical developments, where the labours of the mathematicians have enabled it to spin out the correlation of trivialities into endless refinements. ’1 This was of course a libel on psychology even in 1933 but if we replace ‘psychology’ by ‘education’ in this passage we have a very fair summary of the state of education in 1972.

The history of philosophy has shown that this can be a dangerous error. It may be true that it can be done in suitable cases. Chemistry can show us why the term ‘carbon’ is properly 38 New Essays in the Philosophy of Education applied to certain types of material which differ from each other very widely—for example, diamond, soot and graphite. And biology can tell us, though not quite so convincingly, why Great Danes, dachshunds, Yorkshire terriers and chihuahuas are all properly called ‘dogs’.

It will be apt to occur to him, in some saner moment, that their opinions are quite as good as his own and this will shake his confidence in his belief. This conception that another man’s thought and sentiment may be equivalent to one’s own, is a distinctly new step, and a highly important one. But this process by which a man begins to lose confidence in his own beliefs and to consider that ‘another man’s thought and sentiment may be equivalent to his own’ is a step someone who is thoroughly indoctrinated in a set of beliefs cannot make.

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