Philosophy of Education
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
in pluralistic societies such as the Western democracies there are some groups that do not wholeheartedly support the development of autonomous individuals, for such folk can weaken a group from within by thinking for themselves and challenging communal norms and beliefs; from the point of view of groups whose survival is thus threatened, formal, state-provided education is not necessarily a good thing.
the tension between education as conservative and education as progressive and as an instrument of human liberation, which also is closely related to differing views about human “perfectibility”
the question of the capacities and potentialities that are present at birth, and also to the process (and stages) of human development and to what degree this process is flexible and hence can be influenced or manipulated
most of the philosophically interesting issues touched upon above, plus additional ones not alluded to here, were addressed in one of the early masterpieces of the Western intellectual tradition—Plato’s Republic.
A.N. Whitehead somewhere remarked that the history of Western philosophy is nothing but a series of footnotes to Plato