A Pedagogy of Humanist Moral Education: The Educational by Marc Silverman

By Marc Silverman

This booklet sheds new gentle at the existence and paintings of Janusz Korczak, the 20 th century humanist ethical educator and path-breaking social-pedagogue who's ordinarily unknown within the English talking international. within the orphanages he led in Warsaw, Poland Korczak built an cutting edge array of academic practices that influenced childrens from damaged households struggling with severe social-interpersonal pathologies to re-form themselves throughout the 5 to seven years they lived within the orphanage. through delivering its readers a scientific presentation of Korczak's worldview, academic philosophy and paintings, and exposing them to a wealthy choice of his writings, this ebook seeks to notify the English conversing proficient public approximately an educator who unceasingly strived to make the realm a greater position for individuals and to make greater humans for the realm.

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His total devotion to Jewish children began when he became the director of the Jewish orphanage in 1912, continuing there until August 1942, culminating in his decision to stay with the children when the Nazis deported them. Perlis wrote that Korczak would have preferred to educate children of all kinds, not just Jewish children, and that he wished he could have educated Catholic and Jewish children in the same institution, but the political and social situation in Poland at the time emphasized the differences between Catholics and Jews and encouraged their separation in many areas, the opposite of Korczak’s views.

Many members of the intelligentsia believed that this oppression was caused by excessively rapid modernization, urbanization, and capitalist industrialization. They believed that Polish national liberation depended on the social emancipation of the masses, and that the Polish nation could be rebuilt as an egalitarian democracy only if the masses were freed from poverty, malnutrition, substandard housing, poor health services, and ignorance. Their primary mission was to improve the conditions of life of the poor.

It was certain paradise for him, but as for me, if I did not use dirty words and never failed dutifully to steal sugar for him from the house—I would end up, when I died, in a place which, though not hell, was nevertheless dark. And I was scared of a dark room. Death —Jew—hell. A black Jewish paradise. Certainly plenty to think about. pdf: 17–18) Korczak’s chief sources were European, Polish, and Slavic (see Chap. 3, pp. 71–127) and Jewish sources are conspicuously absent, though it is possible to find some affinities between his ideas and certain aspects of the Jewish tradition.

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