Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

On “the Temptation to Attack Common Sense”

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_403



Education happens all the time, in all places, and during all our lives. We all know that. However, the moment we hear the word “education,” our minds wander back to school. Schools and other educational institutions offer formal education and thus formalize the concept, turning it into a quasi-technical term that goes well with “policy,” “criteria,” “evaluation forms,” and all the rest of the modern educational vocabulary. The growing formalization of concepts is in line with a verificationist ideology that thrives in formal education: methods and outcomes need to be tested; we need a scientificlanguage that measures what students learn in a scientific way; science is a priority anyway, for it informs us of what lies beyond our ordinary conception of the world. Among the goals of education after all is to teach us a more accurate way to describe the world, leaving vulgar...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Patras, Department of Educational Sciences and Early Childhood EducationPatrasGreece