Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Thoughts on Dewey and Aristotle--Noddings chap 1-4

--It is neat to read Markc 's comment on Dewey about his rejection of Truth. I hold similar idea towards it. Dewey's assertion that knowledge is bigger than truth brothers me because I believe that the goal of natural inquiry or other format of research activities is to find truth. Without acknowledging the existence of truth, it is hard to expect any rational discovery from inquiry process.

--To me, the educational philosophy from Aristotle, especially the part on moral education, is of particular value to education in general. We think of education a lot of times as a way to obtain knowledge or a tool or format for growth. To be able to approach an issue with critical thinking is also part of our educational goals. Whereas, Aristotle pointed out that moral education should be present in young people's education before they could be trusted to analyze moral issues ethically. His educational ideas echoed with the character education model later in the nineteenth and twentieth century. The cultivation of basic traits of character builds the foundation of ethical rationalization. Startled by the growing tendency of unpleasing social practices, I consider that his moral educational model deserves re-appreciation.


alicepawley said...

So both here and on markc's comment from earlier, I'm curious -- did you write this before or after reading Ch. 8? And if before, did Ch. 8 illuminate anything for you?