By Marc Silverman
This e-book sheds new gentle at the existence and paintings of Janusz Korczak, the 20th century humanist ethical educator and path-breaking social-pedagogue who's quite often unknown within the English talking international. within the orphanages he led in Warsaw, Poland Korczak constructed an cutting edge array of academic practices that stimulated young children from damaged households struggling with critical social-interpersonal pathologies to re-form themselves through 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 collection of his writings, this booklet seeks to notify the English conversing trained public approximately an educator who unceasingly strived to make the area a greater position for individuals and to make larger humans for the realm.
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Extra resources for A Pedagogy of Humanist Moral Education: The Educational Thought of Janusz Korczak
He never lost his belief that a progressive Polish state could be established, one which would grant full equality to all its citizens. Korczak did not accept the Zionist solution to anti-Semitism, namely auto-emancipation and Jewish sovereignty. He believed that education and legislation based on human reason could end anti-Semitism, as is shown both in his conduct and in his writing. While it would be wrong to take a dichotomous view of his national identity, either Polish or Jewish, clearly the Polish dimensions of his identity outweighed the Jewish components, and in his mind his Polish identity was closely connected to his universal humanistic values.
Some chose to live according to the motto of J. L. Gordon (1830–1892): “Be a man abroad and a Jew in your tent” (Flohr and Reinharz 1995: 384). Others, including Korczak, were unable or unwilling to differentiate between their identities. Indeed, for Korczak, the universal human element overshadowed both his Polish and his Jewish identities, but because of his feeling of ethnic solidarity, he never denied his origins. Clearly, the greatest challenge to Jews acculturated in Polish culture was anti-Semitism.
When he encountered arrogant, pretentious people, they repelled him. He also eschewed world-embracing programs and rigid principles. His devotion, as shown in the long hours he put into his work as director of the Jewish orphanage and pedagogical director of the Polish 34 M. SILVERMAN orphanage, was extraordinary. He asked for no praise because he said his life was not especially altruistic, and that he was no less selfish than others. He said he did what he did because he enjoyed it. His humanism was of a special kind: it was Korczakian.