ES 490 - Dr. Eric Torres

Historical, Legal and Philosophical Foundations of Educ

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?

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