Introduction: The Question of Method in Philosophy of Education – Claudia Ruitenberg

Somewhat ironically, I enjoyed this article for the very reason I lambasted the past article. This is, again, an essay that harkens to the ideas of prominent modern theorists to buoy its own argument. However, in this article, the emphasis is on reflective thinking to outline our philosophical methodologies. Students “by naming their ways of […]

The Case for Philosophical Mindedness – Christou and Bullock

At its core, I find the premise of this article engaging. The argument is made that approaches and philosophies regarding education are grounded in an ‘insider’ perspective, because any child of the West has significant experience with organized and institutionalized education. (p. 22) It is the duty of educators to adopt a ‘Philosophical Mindedness’ that […]

Wisdom vs. Knowledge

In this post, I intend to introduce two new vocabulary terms for later discussion. I feel like the way I am defining them is similar to popular usage, but for the necessity of clear explication, as well as an effort towards synthesis, I will offer a definition here. Knowledge – content based understanding Wisdom – the skill […]

A brief introduction to the sharing classroom

In the previous post, I attempted to synthesize past discussions to argue that the act of “teaching and learning” or developed understanding occurs through “sharing.” This helps to create the teacher as something other than a “source of knowledge,” and students as other than “receptacles for knowledge.” Let us consider two different types of classrooms […]


As I have been engaging with the material provided by the Innovation Teaching and Learning curriculum, I have reached a point where my understanding has changed in quite a dramatic way. An innovation in comprehension if you will. For the course we have been asked to explore the terms: Teaching, Learning, Creativity, Innovation I worked […]

Why History of Education – Herbert M. Kliebard: Reflection

In contrast to the previous article, I found this one insightful and enjoyable. While I have too many ideas to summarize in such a small space, I will begin by reflecting on Charles Lamb’s story about roast pork. “According to Lamb’s account, certain villagers were accustomed to keeping pigs in their homes. When one of […]

The History of Education: State of the Art – Jurgn Herbst: Reflection

This article is ironic, because while it talks about a major problem for the history of education – namely that “what is needed now, Tenorth concludes, is an educational history that studies and reflects about pedagogical classroom practice in the past and today,” (p. 742), it wholly ignores discussing classroom pedagogy in depth. Previously, I […]

Teaching for Hope – Walt Werner: Reflection

Whereas the previous article emphasized student engagement and interest so education can be meaningful, this article discussed ways to foster that engagement without falling into the trap of overwhelming young learners. Werner emphasizes the emotional impact that some of these conversations can have on young learners. “… Pictures of a broken world speak directly to […]

A History Teacher Looks Back – Ken Osbourne: Reflection

While making my definitions, I was careful to avoid articulating “teacher” and “learner” as distinct roles in the classroom. Osbourne discusses extreme manifestations of this in some of the classrooms he has observed. “No matter how carefully teachers explained a topic, outlined what they expected from their students and expatiated on its interest and importance, […]

Evaluation and its effect on the super-ego

One of the key points that led me to embark on this discussion of the foundational aspects of the learner was consideration as to the effects of evaluation upon perceptions of self within the social hierarchy. As a result of the long winded, rambling sentence above, I have decided to defer to outdated and rarely […]