Can knowledge breed virtue? a philosophical discussion, with particular reference to the national education policy of Malaysia

Hall, V. (1983) Can knowledge breed virtue? a philosophical discussion, with particular reference to the national education policy of Malaysia. In: Seminar on Education and Development, 18-22 Nov 1983, Penang.

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Abstract

This paper examines one of the fundamental assumptions under- lying many education policies, particularly in developing countries with strong national (or other) ideologies. This assumption was formulated especially impressively by two of the Classical Greek philosophers - Socrates and Plato - and it is therefore referred to in this paper as The Socratic Principle.This principle is examined in a number of secular and religious forms and we then see Low it is entailed in Malaysia's Notional Education Policy. We ask a number of questions about the validity and implementation of the Principle as well as a number of more general question about the inculcation of society's values during formal education.This paper does not align itself with the critiques made by The Deschoolers. But it does attempt to raise some fundamental questions concerning the possibility and methodology of Schooling Society.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > LA History of education
Divisions: Faculty of Science
Depositing User: Mr. Mohd Samsul Ismail
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2015 00:48
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2015 00:48
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/12955

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