Enlightening Quotes

"The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life." - Plato, Book IV, 425-B


"knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind." - Plato, Book VII, 536-E

„Kinder wollen nicht wie Fässer gefüllt, sondern wie Fackeln entzündet werden." -- Francois Rabelais




Key concepts: anti-bias curriculum, anti-oppressive education, autodidactism, critical literacy, critical pedagogy, ecopedagogy, educational inequality, experiential education, experiential learning, gamification of learning, humanism/humanitarian education, interactive learning, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, Montessori education, multicultural education, philosophy for/with children (P4C/PwC), progressive education, teaching for social justice, student-centered learning.


UDHR, Article 26, 1. Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.


2. Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.


3. Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.




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Books & Articles


Bahler, Brock; Kennedy, David (eds.), 2016, Philosophy of Childhood Today, Rowman & Littlefield.


Dewey, John, 1938, Experience and Education, Kappa Delta Pi


Engels, Coert, 2017, "We are born creative geniuses and the education system dumbs us down, according to NASA scientists", Ideapod, Dec. 16, 2017.


Freire, Paulo, 1968/1970/2007, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Continuum.


Ginsberg, Benjamin, 2011, The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters, Oxford University Press.


Graeber, David, 2018, "Are You in a BS Job? In Academe, You’re Hardly Alone", The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 6, 2018.


Humanist Manifesto I

Humanist Manifesto II

Humanism and Its Aspirations (Humanist Manifesto III)


Jackson, Thomas, 1998, Proceedings from the ERA Conference ’98: Isn’t it time for the tail to stop wagging the dog?

Jackson, Thomas, 2001, "The art and craft of gently socratic inquiry", in A. L. Costa (ed.), Developing minds: A resource for teaching thinking, 459-465.

Jackson, Thomas, 2004, "Philosophy for children Hawaiian style", Thinking: The Journal of Philosophy for Children, 17(1&2), 3-7.

Jackson, Thomas, 2012, "Home grown", Educational Perspectives, (1&2), 3-7.

Jackson, Thomas, 2013, "Philosophical rules of engagement", in S. Goering, N. Shudak & T. Wartenberg (eds.), Philosophy in schools: An introduction for philosophers and teachers, New York: Routledge, (99-10).


Kennedy, David, 2012, "Lipman, Dewey, and the Community of Philosophical Inquiry", Culture and Education, 28(2), 36--53.


Kilby, Ben, 2019, "Who am I? Why am I here? Why children should be taught philosophy (beyond better test scores)," The Conversation.


Lipman, Matthew; Bynam, Terrell Ward (eds.), 1976, Philosophy for Children, Basil Blackwell.

Lipman, Matthew, 1988, Philosophy Goes to School, Temple University Press.


McLaren, Peter, 1994, Critical Pedagogy and Predatory Culture: Oppositional Politics in a Postmodern Era, Routledge.

McLaren, Peter, 2000, Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Pedagogy of Revolution, Rowman & Littlefield.

McLaren, Peter; Farahmandpur, Ramin, 2005, Teaching against Global Capitalism and the New Imperialism: A Critical Pedagogy, Rowman & Littlefield.

McLaren, Peter, 2006, Capitalists and Conquerors: A Critical Pedagogy against Empire, Rowman & Littlefield.

McLaren, Peter; Jaramillo, Natalia, 2007, Pedagogy and Praxis in the Age of Empire: Towards a New Humanism, Sense Publishers.

McLaren, Peter; Macrine, Sheila; Hill, Dave (eds.), 2010, Revolutionizing Pedagogy: Education for Social Justice Within and Beyond Global Neo-Liberalism, Palgrave.

McLaren, Peter, 2014, Life in Schools: An Introduction to Critical Pedagogy in the Foundations of Education (6th Edition), Routledge.

McLaren, Peter, 2015, Pedagogy of Insurrection: From Resurrection to Revolution, Peter Lang.


Pritchard, Michael, 2017, "Philosophy for Children", in Edward N. Zalta (ed.), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2017 Edition).


Rolins Gregory, Maughn; Haynes, Joanna; Murris, Karen (eds.), 2016, The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children, Routledge.


Scapp, Ron, 2006, Managing to be Different: Educational Leadership as Critical Practice, Routledge.

Scapp, Ron, 2016, Reclaiming Education: Moving Beyond the Culture of Reform, Palgrave.


Vansieleghem, Nancy; Kennedy, David (eds.), 2012, Philosophy for Children in Transition: Problems and Prospects, Wiley.


Williams, Ray, 2017, "Anti-Intellectualism and the 'Dumbing Down' of America," Psychology Today, July 7, 2017.


Willis, Paul, 1977, Learning to Labour: How Working Class Kids Get Working Class Jobs





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Documentaries & Video


BBC, 1990, Socrates for 6-year-olds.


Goering, Sara, 2011, Philosophy for Kids: Sparking a Love of Learning, TEDx.


ISVW, 2014, Catherine McCall on COPI.


Land, George, 2011, "The Failure of Success", TEDxTucson.


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