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A former coach and high school history teacher, Tony W. Johnson earned his Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of education from George Peabody College for Teachers, now part of Vanderbilt University. Receiving the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award as Peabody’s outstanding graduate, Dr. Johnson earned a “pass with distinction” evaluation of his dissertation, The Old Moral Philosophy Course: Its Continuing Legacy in 1978. As a faculty member and academic administrator, Dr. Johnson has provided innovative and entrepreneurial leadership to four significantly different institutions: The University of Texas at San Antonio; The University of North Carolina at Greensboro; West Chester University of Pennsylvania; and The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina.
A skilled teacher and experienced academic leader, Dr. Johnson is also an accomplished scholar. In additions to multiple editions of the Philosophical Documents in Education text, Professor Johnson is the author of Philosophy for Children: An Approach to Critical Thinking; Discipleship or Pilgrimage: The Educator’s Quest for Philosophy; Historical Documents in Education; and with Ron Reed, Friendship and Moral Education: Twin Pillars of Philosophy for Children. As a professor, scholar, and academic leader, Dr. Johnson is committed to blending liberal and professional studies into a unified and integrated whole.
Differing Perspectives on What It Means to Be Educated
1 S ocrates and Plato
3 John Locke
4 Jean-Jacques Rousseau
5 Catharine Macaulay
6 Conflicting Educational Visions: The Puritans and Thomas Jefferson
7 Local vs. Centralized Control of Schooling
8 John Dewey
9 Traditional versus Progressive Education:The Great Debate
10 Education: The Panacea for African-Americans
11 Maxine Greene
12 Jane Roland Martin
13 Paulo Freire
14 Nel Noddings
15 Philosophy for Children: Matthew Lipman, Gareth Matthews, and Kieran Egan
16 Parker J. Palmer