FUNCTIONS OF PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
In our last article we learnt about Nature of Philosophy of Education , Now we'll learn about Functions of Philosophy of Education.
Philosophy of education performs various functions. Like Determining the aims of education, Harmonizing old and new traditions in the field of education, Providing the educational planners, administrators and educators with the progressive vision to achieve educational development, Preparing the young generation to face the challenges of the modern time. They area discussed in details below:
a] Determining the aims of education
Philosophy of education provides original ideas regarding all aspects of education particularly educational aims. It is said that educational philosophy gives different views, but this situation is not harmful, rather it helps in providing education according to the need of society. The difference in view of philosophy of education reflects the multiplicity and diversities of human life. Philosophy of education guides the process of education by suggesting suitable aims from the diversities of life and selecting the means accordingly.
b] Harmonizing old and new traditions in the field of education-
In the process of social development the old traditions become outdated for the people. They are replaced by the new traditions. But this process of replacement is not always smooth. It is faced with lots of opposition from certain orthodox sections of the society. At the same time it must be kept in mind that every 'old' is not outdated and every 'new' is not perfect Therefore, there is a need of co-coordinating the two in order to maintain the harmony between both. This function can be performed by philosophy of education.
c] Providing the educational planners, administrators and educators with the progressive vision to achieve educational development:-
Spencer has rightly pointed that only a true philosopher can give a practical shape to education. Philosophy of education provides the educational planners, administrators and educators with the right vision which guides them to attain the educational goals efficiently.
d] Preparing the young generation to face the challenges of the modern time:-
Social commentators have given many labels to the present period of history for some it is the information age and for others it is post modernity, later modernity, high modernity or even the age of uncertainty. One more addition to this list may be that 'present age is an age of Globalization as a phenomenon arrived on the economic scene in the 1990 in India. This watchword has had its implications in the social political, economic fabric of the country of which education is a part. Philosophy of education is a guiding, steering and liberating force that helps young people to and society at large to face the challenges of the modern time.
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