Philosophy of Education
Philosophy of education studies the discipline and process of education with the aim of improving and perfecting its applications for the betterment of society and humanity. It brings together ideas, aims, concepts, and the analytic approaches to education. For instance, it examines deeply the development of an individual and the constitutions of education in relation to the environment and the society in general. In addition to that, it evaluates the relationship between the theories of education and practice in real life situations. Therefore, it unifies the theories of learning, curriculum and pedagogy.
It is evident that children are born ignorant, innumerate and illiterate. However, education has successfully helped to transform them into knowledgeable members of their societies who understands the cultural diversity, social coexistence and political mechanisms of their communities or society. This is either through formal, informal or both. The functions of philosophy as it relates an individual to the society are to provide education to the individual that consequently transforms and improves their skills in critical thinking. This lifts them to a position to discern and make meaningful decisions. Secondly, is to reassure the individual of the responsibility they hold in the society and the need to offer their contributions back to the society that equips them with the knowledge, food and clothes.
Philosophy of education takes into consideration the nature of institutions involved, analyzing its operations in academic, social and administrative structures hence offering criticism on their credibility. As delicate as it seems, it defines the interrelation and the interdependency of the parties, groups or individuals involved. Moreover, specifying boundaries along administrative hierarchy. Institutions and systems that provide education are unique and diverse. However, all of them are after excellence and have the same goals to achieve; to provide the learners with the necessary skills to enable them tackle real life tasks and as well as to be able to offer their own assessment and judgments to life situations and challenges.
This suggests that philosophy in education offers positive guidance, ironically, philosophy tends to offer more questions than answers. Moreover, the discipline of education is widespread and diverse, as it tends to involve so many participants and stakeholders. Largely it speculates on analysis and speculations on the evolution of what education would be tomorrow.
In conclusion, philosophy in education aims at improving the quality of life, the betterment of humanity and the improvement in education of future generations.