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    The Happy and Suffering Student? Rousseau's Emile and the Path Not Taken in Progressive Educational Thought.Avi I. Mintz - 2012 - Educational Theory 62 (3):249-265.
    One of the mantras of progressive education is that genuine learning ought to be exciting and pleasurable, rather than joyless and painful. To a significant extent, Jean-Jacques Rousseau is associated with this mantra. In a theme of Emile that is often neglected in the educational literature, however, Rousseau stated that “to suffer is the first thing [Emile] ought to learn and the thing he will most need to know.” Through a discussion of Rousseau's argument for the importance of an education (...)
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    Review of Andrea R. English, Discontinuity in Learning: Dewey, Herbart, and Education as Transformation: Cambridge University Press, 2013. [REVIEW]Avi I. Mintz - 2014 - Studies in Philosophy and Education 33 (4):451-458.
    In their influential book, The Child Centered School, Harold Rugg and Ann Schumaker wrote that, in traditional schools, students found “that behind each classroom door lurked a deceptive Pandora’s box of fears, restraints, and long, weary hours of suppression” (Rugg and Shumaker 1928, p. 4). The American child-centered, romantic progressives were known to quip that educators of the old, traditional education did not care what students were taught, as long as students didn’t like it. Isaac Kandel, the longtime critic of (...)
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    Four Educators in Plato's Theaetetus.Avi I. Mintz - 2011 - Journal of Philosophy of Education 45 (4):657-673.
    Scholars who have taken interest in Theaetetus' educational theme argue that Plato contrasts an inferior, even dangerous, sophistic education to a superior, philosophical, Socratic education. I explore the contrasting exhortations, methods, ideals and epistemological foundations of Socratic and Protagorean education and suggest that Socrates' treatment of Protagoras as educator is far less dismissive than others claim. Indeed, Plato, in Theaetetus, offers a qualified defence of both Socrates and Protagoras. Socrates and Protagoras each dwell in the middle ground between the extremes (...)
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    “Chalepa Ta Kala,” “Fine Things Are Difficult”: Socrates’ Insights Into the Psychology of Teaching and Learning. [REVIEW]Avi I. Mintz - 2010 - Studies in Philosophy and Education 29 (3):287-299.
    The proverb “chalepa ta kala” is invoked in three dialogues in the Platonic corpus: Hippias Major, Cratylus and Republic. In this paper, I argue that the context in which the proverb arises reveals Socrates’ considerable pedagogical dexterity as he uses the proverb to rebuke his interlocutor in one dialogue but to encourage his interlocutors in another. In the third, he gauges his interlocutors’ mention of the proverb to be indicative of their preparedness for a more difficult philosophical trial. What emerges (...)
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    Why Did Socrates Deny That He Was a Teacher? Locating Socrates Among the New Educators and the Traditional Education in Plato’s Apology of Socrates.Avi I. Mintz - 2014 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 46 (7):1-13.
    Plato’s Apology of Socrates contains a spirited account of Socrates’ relationship with the city of Athens and its citizens. As Socrates stands on trial for corrupting the youth, surprisingly, he does not defend the substance and the methods of his teaching. Instead, he simply denies that he is a teacher. Many scholars have contended that, in having Socrates deny he is a teacher, Plato is primarily interested in distinguishing him from the sophists. In this article, I argue that, given the (...)
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    Review Symposium of David Corey, The Sophists in Plato’s Dialogues: SUNY Press, 2015.Avi I. Mintz, Anne-Marie Schultz, Samantha Deane, Marina McCoy, William H. F. Altman & David D. Corey - 2018 - Studies in Philosophy and Education 37 (4):417-431.
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    Dewey’s Ancestry, Dewey’s Legacy, and The Aims of Education in Democracy and Education.Avi I. Mintz - 2016 - European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 8 (1).
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    The Optimist as Scholar and Teacher: An Appreciation of Robbie McClintock.Avi I. Mintz - 2018 - Educational Theory 68 (3):269-277.