Philosophy of Education Research Colloquia


Spring 2007

A COLLEGE PROGRAM FOR THE DEAF AND HEARING IMPAIRED IN AN INCLUSIVE PHILIPPINE ENVIRONMENT (AN EDUCATIONAL SUCCESS STORY)
Rosario Lapus (May 8, 2007)

Presented by the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education, with co-sponsorship by the Brandeis Education Program, the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life, the Southeast Asia Club, and the Brandeis Asian American Student Association (BAASA).

Discussion of an inclusive college program for the deaf and hearing impaired in the Philippines, a country that traditionally has not had strong special education programs for the handicapped. Dr. Lapus suggests factors in the success of the program, focusing on the partnership between the Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf; Miriam College, which offers the program; and Gallaudet University, which acted as consultant and evaluator. Essential were the support of the deaf child’s parents and siblings and the willingness of Miriam College to accommodate the needs of this special population. A video presentation of the program in action will be shown.

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THE EMOTIONS IN CLASSICAL JEWISH SOURCES: THE CASES OF ENVY AND JEALOUSY
Solomon Schimmel (April 30, 2007)

Presented by the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education, with co-sponsorship by the Brandeis Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS); Brandeis Hillel, and the Brandeis University Conservative Organization (BUCO).

Biblical, rabbinic, and medieval Jewish literatures discuss, analyze, and morally evaluate human emotions, among which envy and jealousy are prominent, beginning with the story of Cain and Abel. Particpants studied several texts (in English translation), and explored the ways in which they are, and can be, used in educational contexts. Participants also examined these Jewish reflections on envy and jealousy in the broader context of modern psychological and sociological analyses of them.

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SCHOOLING AT HOME, SCHOOLING FOR SOCIETY: HOMESCHOOLING AND AMERICAN DEMOCRACY
Robert Kunzman (March 5, 2007)

Presented by the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education, with co-sponsorship by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life; the Brandeis Education Program, and the Spencer Program for Educational Research.

In recent years, homeschooling has expanded dramatically, especially among conservative Christian families. This phenomenon raises important questions, both about the development of personal autonomy and about the inculcation of civic virtues. Can state regulations help ensure these outcomes? Should they?

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