ISJ November 2015: Book reviews – What is education for? The views of great thinkers and their relevance today
Reviewed by James Cambridge
Dr Tate has a distinguished record in educational administration that includes service as the chief executive of the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority (subsequently the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority) in England (1994-2000), as Headmaster of Winchester College (2000-2003) and as the Director General of the International School of Geneva (2003-2011). He has also served as the Chair of the International Baccalaureate Education Committee (2009-2015).
This book discusses the educational thought of ten philosophers. They constitute a wide ranging bunch. Some selections are to be expected as players in the philosophy ‘first team’, but a few unexpected thinkers also make an appearance. Socrates, Plato and Aristotle represent the philosophy of classical antiquity. Medieval and renaissance thought are represented by Aquinas and Montaigne. Enlightenment philosophy is represented by Locke, Rousseau and Kant. Modern philosophy is covered by discussion of Nietzsche, Dewey and Arendt.