A romantic education

“While romanticism emphasizes individuality, originality, imagination, emotional expression, freedom and idealism, realism emphasizes reality, objectivity, detachment, accurate observation and rejection of the impractical and visionary (Baker and Kemper, 2004).” (Tan, 489) Tan goes on to state that a romantic education “Essentially… views education as the highest good where the individual’s goal is self-realization and self-discovery.” (p489)

Ref. Charlene Tan (2006) Philosophical reflections from the silver screen: using films to promote reflection in pre-service teachers’ Reflective Practice 7(4)Nov., pp483-497 Other references that look interesting: Baker, K & Kemper, J (2004) Discussion of the conflicting philosophies of romanticism and realism in Dead Poets Society. Available online at www.deliriumsrealm.com/delirium/movies/dps_philosophy.asp  Beiser, FC (1998) A romantic education: the concept of Bildung in early German Romanticism, in AO Rorty (Ed) Philosophers on education: historical perspectives (London, Routledge) Chew J (1998) Civics and moral education in Singapore: lessons for citizenship education?, Journal of Moral Education, 27, 505-524

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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