Evaluating Educational Philosophies

  1. What is being taught? (Curriculum)
  2. How is it being taught? (Methods)
  1. General Academic Skills (i.e., math and literacy)
  2. Specific Academic Skills (i.e., law, medicine, science, business, home economics, etc.)
  3. Personality skills (i.e., integrating and harnessing emotions)
  4. Ideology (i.e., norms, values, status symbols, and ideas about society)
  1. Observation (esp. of adults engaging in real economic activity)
  2. Play (esp. informal games made up by the kids themselves)
  3. Conversation (not just listening, and not just talking to other kids)
  4. Trial-and-error (i.e., high-volume, immediate feedback)



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