Search Results

No Access

Series:

Iva Apostolova

I examine the question of what motivates us to go to school (it applies to both secondary and post-secondary schooling). In order to answer this question I first look at issues such as what place the institution of school has in our society, and what possibilities there are of it becoming a more informal rather than formal way of educating. In the second part of the chapter, I examine what role virtual (distance) education plays in educating the young. I argue that virtual education serves the purpose of an aid, but not a replacement of the classical schooling. It seems that we need to go to school in order to understand how society functions and teach the social rules to the young. Since ultimately, we are social animals, understanding how society functions is what brings us together. The traditional education system passed on from the day care through middle and high school, all the way up to university, however, faces a number of problems such as keeping the students motivated, and connecting formal education with what we call the ‘real life’. An alternative is offered by such programs as Philosophy for Children, which is oriented toward solving real-life or hypothetical problems, using the tools of philosophy, understood as acting rather than contemplating.

No Access

Edited by Iva Apostolova and Tom Claes

No Access

Tenyo Meshinev, Iva Apostolova, Antoaneta Petrova and Valeri Georgiev