Professor Randall Curren, Chair of Moral and Virtue Education in the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, gives the Birmingham R.S. Peters Memorial Lecture
Professor Randall Curren, Chair of Moral and Virtue Education in the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, gave the Birmingham R.S. Peters Memorial Lecture on 12th June 2014. R.S. Peters, who died in December 2011, was one of the most important philosophers of education of the 20th century and played a key role in establishing the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) and the Journal of Philosophy of Education. To mark his passing, the PESGB is sponsoring a series of public memorial lectures across the UK.
Please find Professor Curren's abstract below:
The dominant focus of national education systems today is on children’s future employment prospects and economic productivity, yet the collapsing market value of educational credentials compels students to devote ever longer and more intense expanses of their lives to formal education in order to reap such instrumental rewards. In these circumstances, it is more important than ever to be clear about why we are educating people and what could possibly sustain their engagement in a process that treats their present well-being as an expendable frill. Fifty years ago, R. S. Peters defended the inherent and direct formative value of education, and his ideas are no less relevant today. This lecture will revisit and substantially vindicate these ideas, focusing on the importance for student well-being and motivation of schools being communities devoted to things of value beyond self-serving attainment.