Starts 11th October, 10am-12pm, 5 Wednesdays, $57
11 October 2023 - 8 November 2023
5 weeks, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The modern NZ Education system remains ever contentious. What should be the purpose of education? What shall we teach? Are single sex schools, or any schools, a good or bad idea? Should it be compulsory? What content must be studied? Should we prepare students for further study, the workplace, or life in general? Philosophers have been reflecting on the nature of education for thousands of years. In this course we discuss many of the ideas and assumptions of philosophers across the millennia that influence our modern system.
Michael Couch has been teaching community education courses for over a decade. With an academic background in Philosophy, Classical Studies, Education and History, he recently completed his PhD in the History of Philosophy of Education in New Zealand. He enjoys learning new topics, and incorporates passion and wry humour into all the courses he teaches.