Beautiful Risk of Education

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Routledge, Nov 17, 2015 - Education - 178 pages
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 students are not to be seen as objects to be moulded and disciplined, but as subjects of action and responsibility. The Beautiful Risk of Education is organised around a critical discussion of seven key educational concepts: creativity, communication, teaching, learning, emancipation, democracy, and virtuosity. By opposing the risk aversion that characterises many contemporary educational policies and practices, Gert J.J. Biesta makes a strong argument for giving risk a central place in our educational endeavours and brings risk taking to the forefront of a critical pedagogical practice.

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Chapter One Creativity
Chapter Two Communication
Chapter Three Teaching
Chapter Four Learning
Chapter Five Emancipation
Chapter Six Democracy
Chapter Seven Virtuosity
Epilogue For a Pedagogy of the Event

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Gert Biesta ( 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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