Discuss the Underlying Philosophy of the Paideia Project
What is the underlying philosophy of the Paideia Project approach? Do you agree or disagree with it?
The overall aim of the Paideia Project is rather simple: students should be taught basic information, then taught essential skills, then provided opportunities to use the essential skills to discuss the various issues concerning the information.
Paideia isn't really designed to be a method that teaches, for example, easy-primary math skills. Class discussion really doesn't teach 1+1 other than the fact that you can use some Paideia teaching methods to have students devise situations in which those skills are used, rather than how to actually DO those skills.
The Paideia Principles are listed below (from http://www.paideia.org/content.php/philo/declprin.htm):
DECLARATION OF PAIDEIA PRINCIPLES
We, the members of the Paideia Group, hold these truths to be the principles of the Paideia Program:
* that all children can learn;
* that, therefore, they all deserve the same quality of schooling, not just the same quantity;
* that the quality of schooling to which they are entitled is what the wisest parents would wish for their own children, the best education for the best being the best education for all;
* that schooling at its best is preparation for becoming generally educated in the course of a whole lifetime, and that schools should be judged on how well they provide such preparation;
* that the three callings for which schooling should prepare all Americans are, (a) to earn a decent livelihood, (b) to be a good citizen of the nation and the world, and (c) to make a good life for one's self;
* that the primary cause of genuine learning is the activity of the learner's own mind, sometimes with the help of a teacher functioning as a secondary and cooperative cause;
* that the three types of teaching that should occur in our schools are didactic teaching of subject matter, coaching that produces the skills of learning, and Socratic questioning in seminar discussion;
* that ...