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ERIC Number: EJ911560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 39
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-6173-5102-0
ISSN: ISSN-1535-0584
Why Do We Need a Philosophy of Education? The Forgotten Insights of Michael John Demiashkevich
Senechal, Diana
American Educational History Journal, v37 n1 p1-18 2010
For many decades, American schools have been mired in jargon and confused values. A few exceptional books have shown the way through the thicket of educational ideas, policies, and practices. The work of Michael John Demiashkevich belongs to this set and offers a special philosophical perspective. In "An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education" (1935), as well as other writings, Demiashkevich argues for a dualist conception of education: one that recognizes both permanence and change; both the recorded experience of the ages and direct experience; both the realm of ideas and the realm of matter. Demiashkevich shows that it is impossible to arrive at such combinations--or to understand how they might work--without first identifying one's philosophy of education and understanding its legacy. This article begins with an overview of Demiashkevich's life, then examines the key points of "An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education." It concludes with a reflection on the importance of the book today. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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