Back to listAug 6, 2006

Teachers College Press to Release Ideas and Action: Enduring Visions of the Philosophy and Practice of Education in Winter, 2007

A book compiling the ideas of some of the twentieth century's most farsighted educational philosophers from diverse cultural and historical perspectives is currently being readied for publication by Columbia University's Teachers College Press in winter 2007. The project, initiated by the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (BRC), explores and addresses essential educational concerns in light of the tension that often exists between socio-political goals and the human potential of each child. Titled Ideas and Action: Enduring Visions of the Philosophy and Practice of Education, the book introduces the educational ideas and possibilities put forth by courageous individuals. Although their theories may have seemed inconceivable at the time, they have endured through the years and are living philosophies worthy of being considered by today's teachers for application in the classroom. First Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (1871-1944) of Japan stands among the ten visionaries introduced, who include John Dewey (1859-1952) of the United States, Maria Montessori (1870-1952) of Italy and Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) of India. Professor David T. Hansen of Teachers College, Columbia University, who is also former president of the John Dewey Society, is the book's editor. BRC and Soka University founder Daisaku Ikeda contributes the foreword.

[See on BRC's web site for a detailed introduction to the book.]