In 'Problems in Teaching Philosophy of Education', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, Vol 11, No 1, 1986, M A B Degenhardt pinpoints the 'difficulty' in teaching this subject when he outlines an imaginary lecture on 'Discipline and Punishment'. At the end of this lecture, he says, the students 'will have learned that there is a general agreement on what punishment is, that there are three main theories of punishment ... , that all have strong points '" and that much more will need to be done towards the development of a satisfactory theory of punishment in education' (p.31). He concludes that the students leave wondering what all this tells them about what to do if children flick paper pellets during next week's poetry lesson.
Mackie, M. D.
Teaching the Philosophy of Education.
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 12(2).