Philosophical and Psychological Foundations of Education



My Educational Philosophy
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Chance & Fate
Connections in Learning
Ethics & Morality
Particular & Universal
Play & Relaxation
The Self
Teaching & Learning
The Art Of Teaching
The Teaching Relationship
Other Wise Words

Such different characters may conceivably at the outset of life be alike possible to a man. But to make any one of them actual, the rest must more or less be suppressed. So the seeker of his truest, strongest, deepest self must review the list carefully, and pick out the one on which to stake his salvation. ~ William James, Principles of Psychology

Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play. ~ Heraclitus

Knowledge of one's fellow has this special aspect: it passes necessarily through knowledge of oneself. ~ Italo Calvino, Mr. Palomar

Knowledge of the other without a corresponding self-knowledge is a supremely dangerous acquisition. ~ Mark Edmundson, Why Read?, p. 126

A human being is not one thing among others; things determine each other, but man is ultimately self-determining. What he becomes—within the limits of endowment and environment—he has made out of himself. ~ Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning, p. 157

No ai mayor señorío que el de sí mismo, de sus afectos, que llega a ser triunfo del alvedrío. ~ Baltasar Gracián, El Arte de la Prudencia (Number 8), 1647

When human beings try to come to terms with who they are and describe who they hope to be, the most effective medium is words. Through words we represent ourselves to ourselves; we fix our awareness of who and what we are. ~ Mark Edmundson, Why Read?, p. 135

Gradually I learned to be indifferent to myself and my deficiencies; I came to center my attention increasingly upon external objects: the state of the world, various branches of knowledge, individuals for whom I felt affection. ~ Bertrand Russell

Il est bien plus difficile de se juger soi-même que de juger autrui. ~ Antoine de St.-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince

I count him braver who conquers his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is the victory over self. ~ Aristotle

Humanism is the belief that it is possible for some of us, and maybe more than some, to use secular writing as the preeminent means for shaping our lives. That means that we might construct ourselves from novels, poems, and plays, as well as from works of history and philosophy, in the way that our ancestors constructed themselves (and were constructed) by the Bible and other sacred texts. ~ Mark Edmundson, Why Read?, p. 86

No one suddenly becomes mature at twenty-five years of age. Either we become mature with each day that passes or we do not. ~ Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom

In all probability, one can acquire one's own voice—which is to say the evidence of one's own freely formed character—from no other individual. It is only the incessant labor of combining your own experience, taken in and metabolized by intense feeling and thought, with what you have acquired in books that actually creates and re-creates a free-flowing identity. ~ Mark Edmundson, Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference, p. 256

Emulation with one's former self is a noble form of the passion of rivalry. ~ William James, Talks to Teachers

[C]ognitive neuroscience is showing that the self, too, is just another network of brain systems. ~ Steven Pinker, The Blank Slate, Chapter 3

The conscious mind—the self or soul—is a spin doctor, not the commander in chief. ~ Steven Pinker, The Blank Slate, Chapter 3

There is no path to truth. Truth must be discovered, but there is no formula for its discovery . . . You must set out on the unchartered sea, and the unchartered sea is yourself. ~ Krishnamurti

We need to learn not simply to read books, but to allow ourselves to be read by them. ~ Mark Edmundson, Why Read?, p. 46

To possess all the world of knowledge and lose one's own self is as awful a fate in education as in religion. ~ John Dewey, The Child and the Curriculum

When I do not know myself, I cannot know who my students are. I will see them through a glass darkly, in the shadows of my own unexamined life—and when I cannot see them clearly, I cannot teach them well. ~ Parker Palmer, The Courage to Teach

The self is not infinitely elastic—it has potentials and it has limits. ~ Parker Palmer, The Courage to Teach

In [academic] culture, the self is not a source to be tapped but a danger to be suppressed, not a potential to be fulfilled but an obstacle to be overcome. In this culture, the pathology of speech disconnected from self is regarded, and rewarded, as a virtue. ~ Parker Palmer, The Courage to Teach

We are all teachers and students of ourselves. ~ A. Bartlett Giamatti, "To Make Oneself Eternal," from A Free and Ordered Space

We still face one final fear—the fear that a live encounter with otherness will challenge or even compel us to change our lives. ~ Parker Palmer, The Courage to Teach

To become a better teacher, I must nurture a sense of self that both does and does not depend on the responses of others—and that is a true paradox. ~ Parker Palmer, The Courage to Teach

A "presence" that, in recognizing another presences as "not I," recognizes its own self. ~ Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom

The more I give of myself to the experience of living with what is different without fear and without prejudice, the more I come to know the self I am shaping and that is being shaped as I travel the road of life. ~ Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom

We cannot, even given our most imaginative efforts, construct a concept of Self that does not impute some causal influence of prior mental states on later ones. ~ Jerome Bruner, The Culture of Education, p. 15

We need to conceive of ourselves as "agents" impelled by self-generated intentions. ~ Jerome Bruner, The Culture of Education, p. 16

Selfhood . . . derives from the sense that one can initiate and carry out activities on one's own. ~ Jerome Bruner, The Culture of Education, p. 35

It seems evident, then, that skill in narrative construction and narrative understanding is crucial to constructing our lives and a "place" for ourselves in the possible world we will encounter. ~ Jerome Bruner, The Culture of Education, p. 40

The people he admires for the rightness and naturalness of their every word and every action are not only at peace with the universe but, first of all, at peace with themselves. ~ Italo Calvino, Mr. Palomar



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