What is meant by education? How are educational institutions and processes evaluated, and how can they be improved? What curriculum is best? How are philosophy and education related? Abraham Edel answers these questions in the course of exploring education. He considers the problems of educational philosophy under conditions of rapid social change in the twentieth century and argues that too many of the traditional approaches to education were set in an effort to delineate a permanent structure rather than to work out ways of handling rapid change. Older models of education have worn thin and new approaches have to be constructed. Interpreting Education clears away old confusions and indicates the conditions that fresh modes of thought will have to satisfy.
Contents: "Education and Schooling in Cultural Perspective"; "Grading: Tracking the Philosophical Roots of a Specific Problem"; "A Philosophical Outlook as an Educational Resource"; "Current Critiques of the Schools"; "Politicized Schools and the Ideal of Impartiality"; "Ideals and Their Assessment"; "Toward a Moral Agenda for Contemporary Education"; "Rationality, Autonomy, Relativism"; "Teacher and Student in the Contemporary World"; "Learning and Teaching: Conceptual Problems"; "Forms of Learning"; "The Pedagogical Encounter"; "Scientific Knowledge and the Humanities"; "Social and Moral Education"; "Complexities of the Familiar: Sport and Physical Education; Crafts, Arts, and Technology; Basic Skills"; "The Confrontation of the Liberal and Vocational-Technical"; "The Social Character of Dewey's Philosophy"; "Aims of Education: A Comparison Instead of a Controversy."