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ERIC Number: EJ990552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0826-4805
Transformative Education? A Philosophic-Augustinian Response to the 2010 Albertan Reform Initiatives in "Inspiring Education"
Steel, Sean
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v43 n1 p43-55 Jan 2012
The Alberta Government's 2010 "Inspiring Education" reform proposals claim to be "transformational" in nature. This paper examines these proposals in light of ancient philosophy and various among the world's wisdom traditions. Drawing particularly on the philosophic reflections of St. Augustine in his "Confessions", it argues that the proposals are neither new nor "transformational," but part of a long and problematic educational lineage that has its roots among the ancient sophists. As an alternative to the Alberta proposals and "sophist-icated" education, this paper advocates for the incorporation of philosophic or contemplative elements into the school day during which both teachers and students might learn the genuine meaning of school as "schole" through the practice of pursuing wisdom.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada