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Neohumanist Educational Futures
By Marcus Bussey, Jan 4, 2007
Neohumanist Educational Futures breaks new ground by linking
neohumanism (the expansion of humanism to include nature and deep spirituality)
with pedagogy and futures thinking.
Inayatullah, Bussey and Milojevic, all educators, theorize the ethics of
inclusion and exclusion; situate neohumanism in Tantric and transcultural
futures; map out issues in neohumanist pedagogy (including, education for world
futures; from information to wisdom; social cohesion in South Africa; speciesism
and vegetarian pedagogy in Sweden; alternative indicators for neohumanism;
integrated intelligence, peace and non-violence, partnership education; and the
politics of historiography) and provide case studies of neohumanist educational
practice. Interspersed throughout this text are short pieces by Indian mystic
and author, P.R. Sarkar; Gurukul Vice-Chancellor, Shambushivananda and an
interview with Paulo Freire conducted by social activist Maheshvarananda.
Along with Inayatullah, Bussey and Milojevic, contributing authors include
Vedaprajinananda Avadhuta, Tobin Hart, Marcus Anthony, Riane Eisler, Marlene de
Beer, Helena Pederson, Vachel Miller, Peter Hayward, Joseph Voros and Mahajyoti
The authors argue that the current paradigms of uni and multiculturalism have
reached their limits (and the tensions between them) - a new approach, as
in neohumanism or transcultural and transcendental sustainability, is required
for humanity to move forward, and while doing so include those it has pushed
To create this alternative future, a new educational philosophy and practice
is required; one that inspires but does not become yet another method to be
tamed and imitated. Rather, it must awaken the intellect from its narrow
boundaries (nationalist, religious) toward planetary spirituality. Education in
this future would be holistic - physical, mental and spiritual; ecologically and
technologically driven; global and local in its orientation, and person based,
meeting the changing evolutionary and developmental needs of each child and
adult, teacher and student-learner.
Cost - $30 AUD (or 25 US$) per copy, plus postage. Discount for orders of
five or more. Copies can also be ordered from the publisher, http://www.metafuture.org/Books/nh_educational_futures.htm
COMMENTS ON NEOHUMANIST EDUCATIONAL FUTURES
This wonderful book is timely. It enhances education to include those
things which can be readily understood rationally and those things we don't
necessarily have a rational explanation for, but nevertheless have an intuitive,
often nonlocal relationship with, such as a new(er) understanding of the
convergence of science and spirituality, the two as integral to each other and
not separate from each other. The authors have shown us that Neohumanism
through educational futures can offer a needed respite for organizations from
their current addiction to consumerism. Neohumanism as a vital leadership
challenge - how to demonstrate performance management (rational analyses) but at
the same time put this into the context of purpose and meaning attribution (non
rational, post rational, non local). This, from an organizational
perspective, permits us to shift our behaviour from the current hypothesized,
but I believe immature belief, "that the business of business is business. No
apology required" to behaving as responsible members, responsible adults, of the
global community which brings with it the welfare of both current and future
generations. It brings hope.
Dr Robert Burke, Program Director, Melbourne Business School, Mt Eliza Centre
for Executive Education, Melbourne, Australia.
Provides a refreshing new future for global education. Inspiring and thought
Dr. Kuo-hua Chen, Dean, Global Research and Development, Tamkang University,
Lanyang Campus, Taiwan.
Neo-humanist Educational Future contributes to the work of creating a
global renaissance in education and culture. I believe that readers will be
pleasantly surprised to find in neo-humanism the best vision of a
future for the world.
Dada Jyotirupananda, Editor, New Renaissance magazine (www.ru.org), Mainz, Germany and London,
Dr. Sohail Inayatullah is Professor, Tamkang University, Taiwan, Adjunct
Professor, University of the Sunshine Coast and Associate, Transcend Peace
Marcus Bussey lectures at the University of the Sunshine Coast and teaches at
Alcheringa Montessori College.
Dr. Ivana Milojevic is Director of Research, Metafuture.org and lectures at
the University of Queensland and the University of the Sunshine Coast.
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