THEMES: Humanistic Philosophy & Education

With John Dewey and Soka education providing a foundation, the Center seeks to define the essential character and purposes of education in the twenty-first century.

Growing Peace: Gandhi, Montessori, and What It Means to Begin With the Children

What kind of education did Gandhi have in mind when he said that “if we are to reach real peace in this world..., we shall have to begin with children"? As it turns out, he had the Montessori method in mind.
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John Dewey, Daisaku Ikeda, and the Quest for a New Humanism

For the 6th Ikeda Forum, scholars explored cross-cultural resonances between Dewey’s naturalistic humanism and Ikeda’s Buddhist humanism. They sought what Dewey called "a common faith" for our time.
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Humanistic Education: Beyond the Traditional/Progressive Divide

This panel discussion from 2002 featured Nel Noddings, Larry Hickman, and Monte Joffee. Ted Sizer moderated.
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Re-imagining the Purposes of Education In Our Time

In early 2007, David T. Hansen of Teachers College addressed the "ideals and motives" that inspire and sustain teachers. Ann Diller offered a response.
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Active Education, Active Democracy: Du Bois, Makiguchi, and Montessori

This Center-sponsored panel asked how today's teachers might benefit from the respective visions of these innovative educators.
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Addressing Matters of Consequence

On June 3, 2011, education leadership scholars gathered for a seminar exploring how wisdom, courage, and compassion can be practiced in today's test-oriented schools.
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The Lasting Legacy of John Dewey

In this brief essay, Larry Hickman summarizes John Dewey's philosophical and pedagogical vision.
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Developing Dispositions for Democracy

This essay by Mitch Bogen looks at ways that our teaching methods and attitudes toward learning impact our readiness for democratic participation.
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Education and the Greater Self

Also by Mitch Bogen, this essay examines the cultivation of the greater self as a core goal of ambitious, creative, and compassionate education.
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