For some time, I have been fascinated by the methods and mechanics of education and learning. I have collected a number of titles along these lines, looking to do some concentrated study, work out a few brain kinks, and find some answers.
I noticed the perfect opportunity when I saw this essay contest from The Trinity Foundation, an organization I mentioned last month. I intend to study the subject and distill the results into a submission for the contest.
I have drawn books from numerous sources: four from Amazon, two from library sales, one from Berean, and one from TF (Gordon Clark's, A Christian Philosophy of Education, which is the specific subject of the essay).
Writing to Learn, which I reviewed last month;
Another Sort of Learning, which I read during the pre-Sojourner's-Song ice age;
Classic and Contemporary Readings in the Philosophy of Education, a compilation that examines both classical theories and contemporary issues;
The Future of Christian Higher Education, exploring a Christian answer to an increasingly secularized and materialistic system;
School and Society, another compilation, looking at education in social perspective;
Dumbing Us Down, exposing the failures of compulsory schooling;
Learning All The Time, on handling the primary years, an area I am especially interested in;
and, finally, A Christian Philosophy of Education, Gordon Clark, The Trinity Foundation.
2,210 pages. 510 down, 1,700 to go.
I'm not citing the statistics to impress you - I'm citing them because I'm scared. I've done plenty of snorkeling along the shores, but I've never really donned the scuba gear and headed for the deeps. I really don't know what to expect from the subject, or from myself for that matter.
I do expect this to consume a healthy chunk of my time and energy, and (oh no!) potentially cut into blogging. I toyed with the idea of creating a separate blog for the study, but I'm not sure that would be the best thing. If my readers, as the fellow-students who make up my virtual classroom, have any ideas on logistics and formatting, please share them. This is new territory.
For now, EduCore will be a new label, allowing me to keep track of the pertinent book reviews and other related musings. Look for the apple.
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