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Philosophy of Education

This path-breaking work identifies the central purpose of schooling — and argues that today’s educational establishment is failing miserably. This course is not just for teachers, but for anyone who wants to understand how to train a rational mind.

1. Purpose of Education
The five leading theories and their results. Education as the systematic development of the conceptual faculty.

2-3. Teaching Thinking Methods
How to develop motivation. How to integrate knowledge. The role of memory in learning. How to achieve a logical structure. The need for certainty.

4. A Proper Curriculum
The three R’s. Mathematics — science — history — literature: why and how they should be taught. Teaching the child values.

5. The Skill of Teaching
Lecturing vs. the discussion method. Training teachers. Good teachers vs. the welfare state.

Includes a taped interview with Dr.Peikoff titled “Objectivism — Questions and Answers.”


All of Leonard Peikoff’s lectures may be ordered from the Ayn Rand Bookstore via their website, or by calling them at 1-800-729-6149 (U.S. or Canada), or 1-949-222-6557 (International).