1. The study of history of education helps teachers in training to appreciate the various aspects of their past educational process so as to link them to the present;
2. It enables teachers in training to know what type of education we had and the purpose it served in the past;
It gives teachers in training the opportunity of knowing our past
mistakes in our education with the view to making necessary amends;
History of education gives teachers in training the opportunity of
studying other people’s educational ideas and programmes with the aim
of developing ours;
5. It also gives teachers in training a solid foundation to plan for our present and future educational development;
6. History of education guides teachers in training to proffer some positive solution to our present day educational problems;
7. It helps teachers in training to understand some major trends and developments in our educational system;
8. It helps teachers in training to formulate and implement better philosophies of education;
9. History of education is a good academic exercise to improve teachers in training knowledge;
10.It widens the scope and knowledge of the teacher and makes him more comfortable and competent in his class;
of history of education can help teachers in training to be competent
in handling any political appointment on education, nationally or
History of Education will help you to
understand how the past events shaped the present education systems,
theories and related phenomenon in the area of teacher education in
particular and education in general. Secondly, it will enable you to
appreciate the importance of education to mankind since time immemorial
across the generations. By so doing, you are will be able to critically
examine the fundamental part which education plays in the
transformation of society. Note that as a teacher, you are a change
agent so learning the history of education will prepare teachers in
training to examine present trends and dynamics in education, draw
practical lessons from the past, avoid possible mistakes, and initiate
more viable plans for the benefit of Society.
The teaching and
learning of History of Education in Nigeria is therefore justified for
many reasons, some of these include the fact that it would enable
teachers in training to have adequate knowledge of; what our
educational policies are and what they are not; the philosophical ideas
guiding the Nigerian education; the contributions of the ancient
nations and scholars to the development of the country’s education and
the major trends in the development of our education in Nigeria which
may encourage them to be willing to contribute their own quota to the
development of education in the country whenever they are in the
position to do so.
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