In this webinar, Glen Cotten will discuss how transformative (i.e. “true”) education can be usefully conceived of as a process of authentic dialogue and inquiry aiming for truth, beauty and goodness. It’s a view of education with philosophical roots in the Socratic notion of educare, and that harmonizes with teachings related to education found in the Bahá’í Revelation and the pedagogical principles identified by holistic educators and the developers of FUNDAEC (e.g. perhaps the most successful and influential Bahá’í-inspired educational project to date). He will also emphasize the importance of integrating the pursuits of truth, beauty, and goodness (pursuits which in traditional western education are normally separated) in education to most effectively promote individual and social transformation.
Specifically, the webinar will 1) briefly review how the terms truth, beauty, and goodness have been understood and approached in western philosophy, 2) review some of what the Bahá’í Writings tell us about “true education”, 3) consider how the terms truth, beauty, and goodness might be usefully re-conceptualized and re-integrated, and 4) examine some of practical implications for curriculum design and pedagogy.
See also Cotten, G. (2017). The Role of Authentic Communication in Moral Development and Transformative Education: Reflections on a Case Study. The Journal of Thought, 51(1&2), 47-64.