Historical, Legal and Philosophical Foundations of Education

Dr. Eric Torres

This course explores educational questions from legal, historical, and philosophical perspectives. It is intended to provide a solid foundation for educational practice that is guided by sound reasoning and principles informed by those different perspectives. Through reading, reflections, and discussion we will address questions such as: ? What are the purposes of education and schooling? ? How do history, the political economy, and the social framework affect school policy and classroom practice? ? What classical and contemporary philosophies interrogate issues of schooling and education, and how do these inform and challenge how we tend to think about education in current discourses? ? How should people be educated and schooled? ? Who should be educated and schooled? ? What is the role of education and schooling in the larger society? ? How has education, schooling, teaching, and learning changed and/or remained the same over time? ? What legal rights and responsibilities are associated with schooling and teaching? ? How do the historical, philosophical and legal foundations of education and schooling intersect with my personal history and beliefs?

Meet the Professor!

Eric D. Torres is an Assistant Professor of Education at the Department of Education Studies, College of Education and Human Sciences, where he currently teaches Social Foundations of Human Relations and Legal, Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education. Professor Torres also serves as member of the Steering Committee of the Latin American Studies Program and UWEC Council on Internationalization and Global Engagement. His interests include the critical interrogation of educational public policy and its global trends -with an emphasis in Latin America-; the understanding of curriculum and assessment as processes of construction of identity; the promotion of critical literacy as a condition for democratic citizenry; the redescription of education as a fundamental right in the United States; and the pedagogical implications of postformal approaches to multiple allegiances, fear, conflict, and warfare in global learning. A native from Peru, (yes, he keeps a strong Spanish accent that will keep you on your toes!) Professor Torres went to the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for his undergraduate and graduate studies. He is currently working in a manuscript about the incidence of deficit narratives in student teachers. He enjoys sharing stories about his son Sebastian, hosting with wife Ronda summer backyard cookouts for his summer students and contemplating the idea of ?maybe one day- floating down the river.