The Beautiful Risk of Education

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This is a book about what many teachers know but are increasingly being prevented from talking about: that real education always involves a risk. The risk is there because, as W. B. Yeats has put it, education is not about filling a bucket but about lighting a fire. It is there because education is not an interaction between machines, but an encounter between human beings. It is there because students are not to be seen as objects to be molded and disciplined, but as subjects of action and responsibility. ...
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Overview

This is a book about what many teachers know but are increasingly being prevented from talking about: that real education always involves a risk. The risk is there because, as W. B. Yeats has put it, education is not about filling a bucket but about lighting a fire. It is there because education is not an interaction between machines, but an encounter between human beings. It is there because students are not to be seen as objects to be molded and disciplined, but as subjects of action and responsibility. Biesta’s book opposes the risk aversion that characterizes many contemporary educational policies and practices and makes a strong argument for giving risk a central place in our educational endeavors. The book is organized around a critical discussion of seven key educational concepts: creativity, communication, teaching, learning, emancipation, democracy, and virtuosity.

Recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Book Award, American Educational Research Association, Division B (Curriculum Studies)

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Gert Biesta (www.gertbiesta.com) is Professor of Educational Theory and Policy at the University of Luxembourg, former president of the Philosophy of Education Society USA, and editor-in-chief of the journal Studies in Philosophy and Education. He has published widely on the theory and philosophy of education. With Paradigm Publishers he published Beyond Learning: Democratic Education for a Human Future (2006) – winner of the 2008 American Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice Book Award – and Good Education in an Age of Measurement: Ethics, Politics, Democracy (2010). He also co-edited George Herbert Mead's The Philosophy of Education (2008).
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Table of Contents

Prologue On the Weakness of Education
Chapter One Creativity
Chapter Two Communication
Chapter Three Teaching
Chapter Four Learning
Chapter Five Emancipation
Chapter Six Democracy
Chapter Seven Virtuosity
EpilogueFor a Pedagogy of the Event
Appendix Coming into the World, Uniqueness, and the Beautiful Risk of Education: An Interview with Gert Biesta by Philip Winter
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