Calendar Aims/Expectations Readings Assignments

  • This course has a different focus, and a different reading list every semester. This time, its focus is Pedagogy of Relation. Philosophy of education is a field with its own standards of writing and a set of issues it considers. Philosophy is a language that you need to learn to get another way of thinking about education.

Reference style

  • Use one of the following reference styles consistently and accurately: APA, MLA, or Chicago. No footnotes or endnotes, please – Blackboard does not preserve those. Don't forget the list of references though.

GRE Analytical Writing Rubric

I use this rubric to evaluate the writing aspect of your papers. Adapted from The Introduction to the Analytical Writing Section of the GRE General Test. The level descriptions are here.

Class participation

  • The class discussion is the whole point of coming to class. If you do not try to talk, you do not learn. Philosophy is a language, so you learn it by practicing to speak. Thus, participation of everyone is expected as a matter of course. However, if you are consistently brilliant, you may get 5 extra points.


If you miss a class, lose 5 points, or write a 500 word review of an essay from the Philosophy of Education Yearbook.


Students may not use any text or portion of a text written by someone else, either published or unpublished, without making explicit reference to the source of such text. Make it absolutely clear who wrote every single sentence in your paper or a discussion entry. All instances of plagiarism will be reported to the Dean’s office. It is the policy of EDFI that the least penalty for plagiarism is no credit for the assignment. Please refer to the Code of Academic Conduct for official BGSU policy on plagiarism and cheating. IIf you are not sure what is plagiarism, make an effort to learn; here is BGSU Libraries plagiarism resource, or the Writers Lab resource called Plagiarism: Avoiding the Greatest 'Academic Sin'

Instructor Alexander (Sasha) Sidorkin