This book presents the educational view and practice of the Polish-Jewish doctor, writer and pedagogue Janusz Korczak (Warsaw 1878-Treblinka 1942). In the authors' reconstruction five core elements stand out: respect for every child; participation; justice; dialogue as expression and communication; self-awareness and reflection on the part of the educator.
These elements do not constitute a well-rounded theory or philosophy, but are part of many stories of living together with children, in Korczak's case orphans. Korczak, actively involving the children themselves, organized this life in such a way that justice ruled. He is the pedagogue of narrativity and of democratic upbringing. Korczak explored many, and today still challenging ways of participative education.
The book shows that besides the now domineering positivist outlook on education, with its technocratic language and stress on output, standards, testing, etc., another language is possible, one that is more practice-based and that teachers will relate to immediately: love for children, a pedagogical ethos, and seeking ways to live together in a just way.
Joop W. A. Berding (*The Hague, the Netherlands, 1954) started his career as a teacher in primary schools. Meanwhile, he trained as an advanced educationalist and philosopher of education (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.). During the second part of his career, he worked as a civil servant for youth policy and welfare on both the municipal and state level, as an educational councillor, and, before retiring, eleven years as an assistant professor, manager and researcher on education and youth at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (teacher training and social studies).
From appr. 1990 onwards, Berding has published extensively, mostly in Dutch but also in other languages (English, German) on education and qualitative research methodology. In his writings, he seeks to link insights from education, philosophy and ethics with everyday practice in families, schools, day care and youth work. Three major sources of inspiration are the work of Janusz Korczak, John Dewey and Hannah Arendt, on whom he has published a number of books and many (reviewed) articles and book chapters. His latest book (November 2019, in Dutch) is on patience and impatience in upbringing and education.
Chapter 1. The Ethos: Living with and for Children.- Chapter 2. The Basis: Respect for the Child.- Chapter 3. The Core: Participatory Education.- Chapter 4. The Means: Doing Justice - The Children's Court.- Chapter 5. Today: Living Together in a 'Republican' Fashion.