Beautiful Risk of Education (Paperback)Gert J. J. Biesta (author)
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Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 178
Weight: 249 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 10 mm
-Teachers College Record
"In his latest book, The Beautiful Risk of Education, Gert Biesta calls for a weak education. Instead of arguing for education to become stronger, more secure, more predictable, and risk-free, he returns to precisely those qualities of education that are bemoaned by current standardized testing and measurement trends as defects to be overcome. Indeed, Biesta makes the claim that the stronger education becomes, the more we lose sight of what education actually is: a practice that is slow, difficult, insecure, unpredictable, and full of risks and uncertainties...the clarity, exactitude, and formal rigor of his presentation embody a kind of philosophical beauty in its own right. The prose is nothing less than elegant."
"This us a carefully crafted work that rewards an equally considered effort by the reader. Gert Biesta presents an elaborate, thoroughly referenced and researched critique of assumptions currently embedded in contemporary education. It's a book of several unexpected twists and turns, wonderfully woven and often intensely rich. Frequently from a single paragraph a range of avenues emerge, each worth pursuing in its own right."
-Resurgence & Ecologist
"Penned by a brilliant scholar with a generous heart, Beautiful Risk solidifies Biesta's place as an international leader in philosophy of education."
-Lynda Stone, University of North Carolina
"The Beautiful Risk of Education is a thought-provoking and riveting book by Gert Biesta, a book that gives education back to schools, colleges, universities, and adult or community education. Against the risk aversion of policy makers and politicians, in which education more or less evaporates from the practical settings, Biesta makes an argument for giving risk a central place in educational endeavors, hence preventing the subjects involved from turning into machine-like beings. The Beautiful Risk of Education will be read and re-read for decades to come as education is seen from new and unexpected angles."
-Dr. Herner Saeverot, University of Bergen