Dr. Francis A. Samuel, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Secondary Education at Dowling College, had his book published recently; it is entitled: The Humanistic Approach to Education: From Socrates to Paulo Freire (Bethany Publications).
In this book, Dr. Francis A. Samuel delineates the development of humanistic education–its genesis and growth through the centuries. It starts from ancient Greek philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle and shows how their pioneering educational ideas and systematic philosophy influenced the middle ages and the modern times. It paints the picture of Desiderius Erasmus, who was the harbinger of modern humanistic education with his cosmopolitan and universal vision of education. In this scholarly work, one also encounters humanistic educators such as Jean-Jacque Rousseau, Friedrich Froebel, John Dewey, Rabindranath Tagore, Abraham Maslow, Arthur Combs, Carl Rogers, Maria Montessori, and Paulo Freire, who have great influence on contemporary education.
Humanistic approach to education fosters the development of the total person. It brings out the best in human beings–the mind, body, and spirit. In this philosophy of education, all are welcomed and challenged to become fit, smart, and excellent human beings. They are called to be responsible individuals and contributing citizens. Thus, they can construct a better world for all. If there is one overarching concept that one can take away from this book is that education is all about the growth and flourishing of human beings.
Dr. Samuel’s previous book was Dialectics of the Individual and Society in Education: Dewey and Tagore Compared.