Philosophy of education

I’m currently teaching an advanced unit on Social Philosophy, and we’re taking education as a case study. So I’m going to start dropping a lot of the content from that course onto this blog, to collect and index it.

J.S. Mill, Inaugural Address to the University of St Andrews (1967)

“The proper function of an University in national education is tolerably well understood … it is *not* a place of professional education. Universities are not intended to teach the knowledge required to fit men for some special mode of gaining their livelihood. Their object is not to make skilful lawyers, or physicians, or engineers, but capable and cultivated human beings. It is very right that there should be public facilities for the study of professions … but these things are no part of what every generation owes to the next, as that on which its civilisation and worth will principally depend. … Education makes a man a more intelligent shoemaker, if that be his occupation, but not by teaching him how to make shoes; it does so by the mental exercise it gives, and the habits it impresses.”

 

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