By Robin Barrow, Patricia White
Philosophers and educationalists of overseas reputation have a good time the pro occupation of Paul Hirst, masking topics starting from the character of fine instructing to Wittgensteinian aesthetics.
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Some would say that education is, in large part, initiation into knowledge. Now, on a familiar characterisation, knowledge is justified true belief. The bulk of the literature on education and knowledge has 30 TRUTH AND LIBERAL EDUCATION concentrated on the ‘justification’ element. One thinks of the attempt to distinguish education from indoctrination in terms of the latter’s lack of concern for justification of the beliefs being transmitted to pupils; or of accounts of moral development in which various stages are distinguished according to the kinds of justification children are able to give for their moral beliefs.
As a person 37 DAVID E. COOPER proceeds towards knowledge of this ‘source’, therefore, his mind becomes increasingly less dependent in its understanding on the contingencies of perception and perspective. He is transcending the ‘merely human’. He comes vicariously to share in the divine, absolute nature of the most real world. Plato’s account, then, finally yields a version of correspondence theory. Grasp of truth is a matter of the mind’s acquainting itself with, and making itself like, absolute reality.
But first I want to draw attention to the two main features of the good teacher as 20 GOOD TEACHING we all remember him or her. Holding the attention of the pupils has been mentioned already. This often, as I have suggested, is done by actually helping pupils to master a skill, to be able to see for themselves that by persistence and practice they are getting better at doing something they could not do before, and thus to take increasing pleasure in it. For what I have referred to as boredom may equally be called frustration: there is nothing so calculated to make one give up in despair as the sense of no progress.
Beyond Liberal Education: Essays in Honour of Paul H. Hirst by Robin Barrow, Patricia White