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Seminar2 Vision Of Education

  1. 1. AED105 CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON EDUCATION Tutor-Led Tutorial 2 Dr Charlene Tan Objective: To understand the importance of a personal philosophy of education for educators and the relevance of past philosophies for contemporary educational practice. Film: A Touch of Greatness Required Reading: (2) Tan, C. & Wong, B. (2008). Classical Traditions of Education: Socrates and Confucius. In Tan, C. (Ed.), Philosophical Reflections for Educators. Singapore: Cengage, Chapter 1.
  2. 2. Film Clip: A Touch of Greatness <ul><li>Synopsis of film clip </li></ul><ul><li>Combining interviews with Mr Albert Cullum and his former students with stunning archival footage filmed by director Robert Downey, Sr., A TOUCH OF GREATNESS documents the extraordinary work of this maverick public school teacher who embraced creativity, motivation and self-esteem in the classroom through the use of poetry, drama and imaginative play. For more information about the film, see: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/touchofgreatness/film.html </li></ul>
  3. 3. Activity 1: Group Discussion <ul><li>In your group, discuss: </li></ul><ul><li>(1) What is Mr Cullum’s vision (philosophy) of education (ie, what education should be about)? </li></ul><ul><li>(2) How does he achieve his vision of education in his teaching ? </li></ul><ul><li>(3) What similarities do you see between Mr Cullum and Socrates/Confucius in their views towards education, teaching and learning? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Mr Cullum’s Vision of Education <ul><li>(1) Inculcates a love for learning and desire for virtue from within (similar to Socrates’ and Confucius’ philosophies) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Learning should be joyful” (Mr Cullum) </li></ul><ul><li>“ I made him study. And we won!” (Former student) </li></ul><ul><li>“ You draw me into your class where there is justice” (A delinquent former student) </li></ul><ul><li>“ I feel that my classmates, my teacher loved me” (An African American former student) </li></ul><ul><li>Socrates “was always conversing about the human things – examining what is pious, what is impious, what is noble, what is shameful, what is just, what is unjust, … as well as other things knowledge of which he believed makes one a gentleman” (Tan & Wong, 2008). </li></ul><ul><li>Confucius : “To love benevolence without loving learning is liable to lead to foolishness. To love cleverness without loving learning is liable to lead to deviation from the right path” (Tan & Wong, 2008). </li></ul>
  5. 5. Mr Cullum’s Vision of Education <ul><li>(2) Provides an all-rounded student-centred curriculum (similar to Socrates’ and Confucius’ philosophies) </li></ul><ul><li>“ I am pro-child” / “Everyone has a success level, whether maths, science or painting.” / “I think everyone has a touch of greatness within them. … Everyone is unique.” (Mr Cullum) </li></ul><ul><li>“ He identifies himself with us. He is one of us.” (A former student) </li></ul><ul><li>Confucius teaches the 6 arts: ritual, music, archery, chariot-riding, calligraphy and computation. The wisdom of ancient sages was also emphasised (Tan & Wong, 2008). </li></ul><ul><li>Socrates proposes an all-rounded curriculum – education should start early with music, poetry and physical training. Then they would study science (mathematics) and dialectic (dialogue with reasoning ability) (Tan & Wong, 2008). </li></ul><ul><li>Both do not discriminate their students based on their backgrounds. Both adapt their teaching to suit the interests and abilities of their students. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Activity 2: Personal Eulogy <ul><li>Questions: </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of leader/teacher/colleague/person do you want to be? </li></ul><ul><li>What would you like the current/former colleagues/superior/subordinates/students to say about you? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your personal philosophy of education as an educator/person? </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>“ Few people want to be remembered for their material achievements. More likely, we all want to be remembered for being kind and caring; someone who helped others; who loved and gave unstintingly. Question: What are we doing to deserve that kind of eulogy? That is where it pays to live it backwards. Spend time thinking of what’s important to you and how you want to be remembered. Write your eulogy. Then live by it.” - Chua Mui Hoong </li></ul><ul><li>(1) Read the article “Living la vida loca – backwards” by Chua Mui Hoong ( The Sunday Times , 8 Aug 04). </li></ul><ul><li>(2) Take some time to write your eulogy using the coloured paper provided. </li></ul><ul><li>Pin up your eulogy. Read your friends’ too. </li></ul>

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