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20210924

Education and the State

Date: 24.09.2021 - 26.09.2021
Place: JU Institute of Pedagogy, ul. Batorego 12
Organiser: Bronisław F. Trentowski Society of Philosophy of Education, JU Institute of Pedagogy
Contact: edukacja-panstwo@uj.edu.pl
Education and the State

The international conference will be part of the 9th assembly of the Bronisław F. Trentowski Society of Philosophy of Education.

The conference will explore the development of the philosophy of education over the past century, as well as the contemporary shape it has taken as a result. Falling between philosophy, theory, practice, and ideology, education remains in the foreground of politics and at the centre of the influence of the modern state. Today, education and the state remain in a very close relationship, that is, in a state of interdependence, with all the positive and negative consequences thereof. The particular interdependencies involved in this relationship raise numerous questions and problems for the philosophy of education.

The scholarly heritage of Zygmunt Mysłakowski (1890-1971), an outstanding Polish educator associated with the Jagiellonian University, captures the climate in which university pedagogy was created in Poland. Pedagogical studies emerged in Poland during the late Partitions period and flourished in the Second Polish Republic after the First World War. The interwar years (1918-1939) marked a fruitful period for the development of Polish pedagogy. Following the horrors of the Second World War, Poland experienced the difficult era of the “people’s” (socialist) power. Mysłakowski’s scholarly biography documents these transformations, the shifting fortunes of power, and the corresponding entanglements of education in ideological disputes (both at the level of practice and theory). Mysłakowski’s legacy also illustrates how mature reflection and knowledge about education emerges through dialogue and in the spirit of openness to global thought and achievements in the areas of knowledge and practice, independently of, or in opposition to political, ideological, and religious attempts at educational subordination.

Proposed thematic areas:

  • Educational tasks of the State: modern values and standards versus tradition and historical practices of education;
  • Educational reforms: comparative analyses and interpretations of past reform projects in Poland and abroad;
  • Polish pedagogy and the education system in Poland against the background of pedagogical thought and educational changes observed elsewhere;
  • Education management of goals and methods, forms of education at the state, private, local, and/or religious level;
  • Entrepreneurship and competition versus cooperation in education;
  • Egalitarian and elite education;
  • Goals and expectations of education subjects regarding the State;
  • Universal values and criteria for good education;
  • Education areas incorporated or left free by the State and/or the Church;
  • Pedagogy as related to ideology: norms for national, patriotic, civic, religious, moral and/or historical education;
  • International initiatives of educators in specific projects and implementation proposals: examples of how teachers and educators cooperate, exchange experiences, and dialog as partners in practice.

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