- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Law Book Co of Australasia; 3rd edition (December 1960)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0710021186
- ISBN-13: 978-0710021182
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,093,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pestalozzi: The Man and His Work Hardcover – December, 1960
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While studying in Basel, Polish educator Janusz Korczak read Pestalozzi and modeled his own orphanage after him, no doubt because the two great educators shared a concern for poor and cast-off children. Korczak had intended to write a biography on Pestalozzi but was unable to complete the task. In the U.S., Elizabeth Farrell was inspired by Pestalozzi's work and ideas when she set to found schools for children with special needs in the poorest neighborhoods of New York City, pioneering special education for all children in the country.
Writing a book on Pestalozzi in any language is a daunting task. Kate Silber, writing in English, thus faced an even greater challenge, which would explain while this book is rather difficult to follow and, second, why this 1973 book still remains the definitive authoritative biography of Pestalozzi in English. (Pestalozzi's own writings, likewise, can be very hard to follow.) The main points of this book are as follows:
* A good education is essential for self-reliance, a healthy family life, and the well-being of the country.
* The ability of being able to make moral decisions is even more important than academic reasoning.
* A good moral education begins at home, during the child's earliest years; it is then the duty of the school to build on this moral foundation.
* Security at school and home are fundamental ingredients of national economic well-being and security and world peace.
* The bond between the teacher and pupil is a very intimate one and one built on love, trust, and high moral expectations.
This book is not easy reading, in part because it gives an extraordinarily detailed account of its subject's life, work, and thought. Readers looking for a simple synopsis will be disappointed. Reading this book will require a good deal of patience and persistence. However, anyone willing to take the time and make the effort will gradually form an understanding of who Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi was and why his philosophy is ever relevant today.