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Education of a Humanist

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674284272

Publication Date: 01/01/1949

302 pages


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This delightful personal book by one of our leading educators provides, from rich experience, a definition of education and its importance in the peace of the world today. Albert Guérard believes that man as teacher and student is more important than subject or technique. “These pages,” he says, “are not a pedagogical treatise, but reflections on education: and education is our common concern, the keystone of our democracy.” He holds that the education of the whole man must transcend the prejudices of nation, language, and politics, the narrownesses of excessive specialization, the security of the so-called “objective” approach to man’s works and history, if the truly historical and critical spirit is to survive.

Using as a framework his own distinguished career of forty years in teaching language, literature, history, and civilization, Guérard builds on this frame a broad but cohesive discussion of educational values. His experiences as teacher, writer, and citizen of the world, in the course of a continuing search for fundamental values, have rewarded him with a deep insight on how to be human though learned. He shares that insight in this book. Neither vague, abstract, nor didactic, it is a book to prompt civilized and fruitful reflection on the values of life and education.

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