#5: Educational Philosophy- Is there a perfect system?

For my fifth blog post (sorry about the tardiness), I targeted three main ideas within my new topic (see title). The first being a general overview of what educational philosophy is and how it is reflected in the classroom. The second was an analyzed list of three examples of educational philosophies. And the third source I found focused around how different theories on education collide.

The conflict that I plan to tackle in my project is how different educational philosophies- sets of related beliefs on how students should learn- affect the classroom in differing ways and whether or not there is a one-size-fits-all type strategy that can work for any given student or at least the majority of students. My personal experience with this conflict is that I have been to three schools that have extremely different beliefs on how we should learn. In all three schools, I learned differnts sorts of things, but which one was the best for me?

The four major educational beliefs, schools of thought on how we should learn are: Behaviorism, “focus on observable behavior”; Cognitive, “learning as a purely mental/ neurological process”; Humanistic, “emotions and how they affect/ play a role in learning”; and Social, “humans learn best in group activities” (information from my third source, Theories of Learning in Educational Philosophy). Because practically every educational philosophy can fall into these major groups, educators and administrators can be separated as well.

I said previously that people tend to be divided by the four major ideals, and while that is true, there are many principles and beliefs within educational philosophy that unite people. While competing ideas separate people as a whole, the same groups tend to have a feelinging of homogeneity. But the biggest uniter of people within my topic is the passion for teaching. Every good teacher, and even some bad ones, wants their students to learn and ergo are open to discussion on how to go about it.

My most pressing question is whether or not there is a system that benefits most students and teachers alike. I would also like to know the origin stories of the educational beliefs we see today. Are they mostly modern or do they date back to Ancient Greek philosophy for example? I would also like to know how great teachers can implement multiple strategies into their classrooms that benefit every student individually.


“Philosophy of Education.” Philosophy of Education. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2016.
Files, Michelle. “Philosophy of Education.” Sfasu.edu. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2016.
Cooper, Sunny. “Theories of Learning in Educational Psychology.” Theories of Learning in Educational Psychology. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2016.
Vicini, Fabio. Fethullah Gülen’s educational philosophy in action. Digital image.Gulenmovement.us. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2016.
Ben Wilson

2 Responses to “#5: Educational Philosophy- Is there a perfect system?

  • Bill Rich
    6 years ago


    It’s not hard to tell when a learner begins to get the feel for a topic / issue that compels them to learn more. Great to see! Spent a week in South Dakota in September and got to watch bird dogs hunt, and reading your blogpost was something akin to watching a dog get birdy (all excited and twitchy and pumped up). I think you’re getting topicy.

    Terrific job both providing an overview of what you’ve learned so far, along with three specific conceptual and foundational belief systems that impact how people design learning. Loved how you threaded in your own experience, too–three schools that designed conditions so differently. Bingo.

    Blogpost #6 is the perfect chance for you to map out your current understanding and thinking about this topic. As you’re doing this, consider taking a couple other steps:

    -WtS works closely with local, national, and international experts in the field of education, so it’s worth making a list of your most pressing questions about your topic so we can help direct you toward folks who can provide the expertise you need. (And they might become characters in the story your pursuing / going to tell.)
    -I’d recommend that you begin drafting a 3-5 sentence email (generic) that describes who you are, what you’re up to, and why you’re contacting whomever the person is. I’d be glad to read a draft and provide, if need be, pointers.

    Reaching out and contacting people by phone and email to set up conversations can be intimidating, AND it’s the lifeblood of WtS: making contact with the people / characters in the story we’re pursuing. The mind map you do this week will help you determine what kinds of expertise you’re seeking.

    Keep hunting,


  • Nate Archambault
    6 years ago


    This was a very interesting read. You write with a great sophistication and authority. This is not easy in writing, and I’m quite impressed with your efforts. Education is certainly a complex topic with a wide range of opinions. Your comment about the ancient Greeks reminds me of the root Latin origin of our word “education.” To “educe” means to “bring out.” Sometimes, it would appear, some people believe that the job of schools is to put information into students. Instead, we should all be looking for ways that their natural talents can be brought out. I’m sure you will find many different philosophies on education as you continue to do your research. I hope that they all will have this root meaning in mind.

    You’re off to a great start!

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