Education Is The Creation Of The Whole Term Paper


Education is the creation of the whole person through a synthesis of ideas. My evolving definition of education includes a rigorous investigation of classical liberal arts paradigms from Aristotle to Freud and everything in between. Through a synoptic reading of diverse texts during my course of study, I will be able to offer suggestions on curriculum design and modification. However, my focus will be on Western and European perspectives and points-of-view. This is largely because I feel we should draw heavily on the culture in which we are already immersed; self-understanding begins with an understanding of context, place, and space. The hallmark of my research will be the content of humanitarian disciplines and especially the status of religious studies in a liberal arts program. If religious studies do have a place in modern academics, then the question of how religion should be taught is of particular significance. The debate over religion in education is of particular relevance in the United States today, which is why my research could have an impact on future curriculum development or on educational policy production. Many of the authors I will encounter treat religion as a mundane and humanitarian phenomenon, a rational perspective that will likely impact the eventual outcome of my dissertation.

My tract of study will be divided into nine main sections, each of which explores the idea of education from a different angle. However, the concepts I investigate, as well as the primary sources I consult, overlap throughout the term. For example, in several of the courses I will consult works by authors like Freud, Aristophanes, and Hobbes. Exploring numerous primary sources in depth will not only help me become expert in the prevailing beliefs about education in the Western World but will also illustrate the great synthesis of ideas that can be observed throughout millennia of civilization. I hope to combine the common ideological threads regarding the relevance and meaning of education into a cohesive whole, thereby offering the academic community a framework for future curriculum development.

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