Education, Philosophy and the Ethical Environment by Graham Haydon

By Graham Haydon

How a lot will we kind of anticipate from education? This e-book, written by a thinker of schooling, casts new mild in this query through seeing values schooling, no longer as a separate job inside faculties, yet as a facet of schooling that either displays the encompassing weather of values and will aid to alter it. Graham Haydon argues that each one people – no matter if as academics, mom and dad, scholars or electorate – proportion in a accountability for the standard of that moral surroundings. He argues that we needs to make sure that what occurs in colleges will: allow youth to understand the variety of our moral surroundings support them locate their method via its complexities give a contribution to constructing a weather of values that's fascinating for all. This publication exhibits that values schooling is just too hard to be left to oldsters and too very important to be entrusted to govt tasks. For lecturers engaged in values schooling, this e-book brings a clean point of view to what they're doing, inside of a pragmatic view in their duties. for college students of schooling, it indicates that functional concerns should be illuminated via insights from philosophy.

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It is calling attention to something that, because it is part of everyday experience, can easily be overlooked in an academic context. Every reader, from whatever cultural background he or she comes, should see if these ideas are familiar. Only later in the chapter shall I say something explicitly about cultural difference. In general, it must be education – taking the term in its broadest sense – that perpetuates the ideas and ways of thinking that make up the diversity of the ethical environment.

A society may be just, or well ordered, or authoritarian, or anarchic, and so on. Views of what is a good society may also feed into thinking about educational aims, since education may have social as well as individual aims (a point to which we shall return in the next chapter). If we start from the idea of human beings as social animals, we have to add that unlike other social animals they are political animals (a point that goes back to Aristotle). That is, they are capable, with their rational, communicative and cooperative capacities, of the deliberate organisation of their affairs.

What are the effects on those who work in schools of an environment in which schools are expected to compete with each other, in which, as in businesses, there are targets to be met, and in which the penalties for failing to The ethical environment 27 meet those targets may, as in business, be financial ones? Ball (2003) cites a number of cases in English schools in which heads and senior managers in schools have ‘fiddled’ or ‘massaged’ their figures. Referring to a Deputy Head in a London school who is quoted by Davies (2000) as saying: ‘I don’t feel any shame about it at all.

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