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Beautiful Risk of Education (Interventions: Education, Philosophy, and Culture)

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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 students are not to be seen as objects to be moulded and disciplined, but as subjects of ...more
Kindle Edition, 170 pages
Published November 17th 2015 by Routledge (first published June 1st 2012)
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Trevor
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: education, philosophy
There is simply no way I can cover all of the ideas that I ought to cover in this review. Often, when I read a book about education theory, I can expect there will be a couple of ideas I haven’t heard before – which is a function of the fact I’ve read quite a few books on this topic. But this book is bursting open with ideas I’ve never seen or thought about before. In fact, I’ve had to read it twice. Even so, I can still only hope to skim the surface here. That said, I’ve already been recommendi ...more
Mike
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: education
Thought provoking book about the "learnification" of education. Chapters on seven concepts: creativity, communication, teaching, learning, emancipation, democracy, and virtuosity.
Stuart Macalpine
The book is very theory based, and by theory based I mean Derrida and Hannah Arendt - which to my mind are rather elaborate and unnecessary to achieve the relatively modest goals of the book itself. It feels like a rather typical strategy of setting up strawmen to knock down – I don't think anyone in the world believes that education or learning is a process with a guaranteed outcome, so the emphasis on reinstating the idea of risk is something that would only occur to a quite remote academic. I ...more
Chris May
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A view of education I fully buy into, but arguments are presented too briefly. Each chapter is more a starting point than a finished article. This leads to a feeling of the book being incomplete or lacking a unifying thread. Having said this, lots of incredibly important insights.
Luca
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teaching
Short and inspiring. Biesta is sharp as a knife in his analysis of education. In this book, he shows us some of the pitfalls of modern education and learning but also provides alternative ways to look at the matter.

The book has some complicated passages, but the summaries at the end of each chapter make their understanding easier. Biesta is very knowledgeable in its references and presents old and modern thinkers through his book.

This book is for people who are interested in the philosophy of
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