Boston Research Center for the 21st Century's Book on Education Introduced at American Education Research Association's Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada
On April 11-15, the American Education Research Association (AERA) held its annual meeting in Montreal, Canada. Titled "Demography and Democracy in the Era of Accountability," approximately 11,000 educators, researchers, counselors and behavioral scientists, from 53 countries, gathered for the meeting, to convey findings of significant education research.
On April 13, a symposium on "Educating Global Citizens: International Perspectives," based on Educating Citizens for Global Awareness, a new book of the SGI-affiliated Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (BRC), was held. Dr. Nel Noddings, professor emerita of child education at Stanford University, is the book's chief editor. Published by Columbia University's Teachers College Press in January 2005, Educating Citizens for Global Awareness has been used as a textbook at five U.S. universities. At the symposium four educational experts from China, USA, Canada and Netherlands gave reports and Dr. Noddings gave commentaries.
In the book's foreword, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda pointed to three qualities required of global citizens: wisdom, courage and compassion. Former AERA President David Hansen of John Dewey Society stated that the purpose of education is to help children develop these three qualities--wisdom, courage and compassion--to enable them to foster global perspectives.