What We Teach and Why: Philosophers of Education from the Enlightenment to the Present


Boston, MA



July 12 - July 31, 2020 Length: 3 Weeks


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience


Peter Gibbon



The overarching goals of this Seminar will be to introduce Summer Scholars to debates among significant philosophers of education, to understand connections among their ideas, and to articulate ways their theories can be made accessible and relevant to K-12 educators today. It will explore works of philosophers ranging from John Locke to Howard Gardner, from W. E. B. Du Bois to Pedro Noguera, from Mary Wollstonecraft to Diane Ravitch. It will also consider their relevance to current controversies in education: charter schools, Common Core Standards, the achievement gap, teacher evaluation, and the standards accountability reform movement. 

Project Director(s)

Peter Gibbon

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Hardin Coleman, Leo Damrosch, Charles Glenn

Grantee Institution

Boston University