Education has been part of the human society from the very beginning. The fact that their education should secure ends other than access to the most selective social positions—ends such as artistic appreciation, the kind of self-knowledge that humanistic study can furnish, or civic virtue—is deemed irrelevant according to Rawls’s principle.
Steiner’s theory of child development divides education into three discrete developmental stages predating but with close similarities to the stages of development described by Piaget Early childhood education occurs through imitation; teachers provide practical activities and a healthy environment.
It is for this reason that the Christian school gives emphasis to the humanities: the study of man’s language, his literature, his artistic achievements, the record of his history, the logic of his mathematical reasoning, and other forms of his personal and cultural expression.
The same principle of timely important values applies to pre historic times when instead the organization militaristic skills of the time of the empires, personal physical personal strength had been much more valuable therefore the “heroes” from the Ancient Greek mythology were compared and related to the gods.
Exploring how aesthetic philosophy and theory has and does inform educational thought and practice, the module will also look at how reflection on and experience of art, artistic practice and aesthetic spaces (e.g. museums, galleries, urban and rural spaces, various architecture) might help to develop educational thought, experience and practice.