Philosophy of Education
Tuesday 8:30-11:30 am
Professor: Catherine Z. Elgin
Office: Larsen 404
Office Hours: M 10-12
Reading assignments are all web based.
Requirements: A 1500 word paper due October 24 at 5 pm
A 2500 word paper due November 28 at 5pm
Late papers will be penalized.
You need not consult any outside sources in writing your papers. But academic honesty requires
that any sources you use, including material read in class and ideas suggested by your friends be
appropriately cited. If you directly quote someone's words or either use or mention an idea drawn
from someone else, you must provide a citation. (See Writing with Sources for information about
when and how to cite correctly.)
For each class, you are to write a paragraph pertaining to the reading. If we are discussing the same
work over two weeks, you must write two paragraphs, one for each class meeting. The paragraph
may be a question, an objection, or an elaboration of a point you consider significant. You may
use these paragraphs as opportunities to relate the sometimes abstract issues discussed in the
readings to contemporary, down to earth issues in education. These paragraphs will be turned in
and read, but not graded. Nonetheless, they are required. Your grade will be lowered if you fail to
do them. Since they are to form the basis for class discussion, they must be done before the class
meets. (You may omit two paragraphs.) The requirements on citing sources apply to ungraded as
well as to graded assignments. The paragraphs must be submitted by 5 pm on the day before to the
class meeting where the work will be discussed. They can be submitted either by e-mail or via the
Canvas course web site.
Students needing accommodations in instruction or evaluation should notify me early in the
semester. If you have a disability or health concern that may have some impact on your work in
this class and for which you require adjustments or accommodations, please contact Eileen
Gutman 124. No accommodations can be given without authorization from ADS, or without
advance notice. If you already have a Faculty Contact Form for this course from ADS, please
provide me with that information privately in my office so that I can make those adjustments in a
timely manner. All inquiries and discussions about accommodations will remain confidential.
9/12 Plato: Apology -- a. k. a. The Death of Socrates (Apology by Plato)
9/19 - 9/26 Plato, Meno
Ancient Greek Online library | meno by Plato | page 1 (Ancient Greek
Online library | meno by Plato | page 1)
9/26 Discussion of first paper assignment
10/3 - 10/10 Plato, Republic, Book II - Book VII
Plato: The Republic Translated by Benjamin Jowett (The Republic by
10/17 Rousseau, Emile, selections on course i-site.
Emile (by Jean Jacques Rousseau.)
10/24 Wollstonecraft, 'On National Education' from A Vindication of the Rights
of Women in A Vindication of the Rights of Men and A Vindication of the
Rights of Woman ed. Tomaselli, Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Chap. XII. Wollstonecraft, Mary. 1792. The Rights of Woman (Chap. XII.
Wollstonecraft, Mary. 1792. The Rights of Woman)
First graded paper due October 24 at 5 pm.
10/31 Washington, ‘Industrial Education for the Negro’,
Industrial Education for the Negro | Teaching American History (Teaching
DuBois, ‘The Talented Tenth’
The Talented Tenth | Teaching American History (Teaching American
Both are taken from:
Washington, B. T., DuBois, W., Dunbar, P. L., & Chesnutt, C. W. (1970).
Industrial Education for the Negro & The Talented Tenth. The Negro
Problem: A Series of Articles by Representative Negroes of Today. New
York: AMS Press.
11/7 Dewey, The Child and the Curriculum
11/14 Confucius, Dewey and the Curriculum
Lecture by Professor Zhang Hua, Hongzhou Normal University
(readings to be assigned)
11/21-28 Dewey, Democracy and Education, Chapters 8, 12, and 13. John Dewey.
Democracy and Education. (ILTweb: Dewey: Democracy and Education:
Table of Contents)