Join us for the launch of a book by Professor Carl-Anders Säfström.
Book: "Education for Everyday Life. A Sophistical Practice of Teaching". Link to this book.
Date and Time: 14th February 2024, 16:00 – 17:00.
Location: Room 002, Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy, School of Education Building, Maynooth University.
Introduction to the Book:
Lisa Foran, Assistant Professor at the UCD School of Philosophy, will introduce the book. This introduction promises to set the stage for an engaging discussion on the book's themes and insights.
About the Book:
This book examines the role of teaching within public education. It critiques its function in today's educational policies and theories and establishes an alternative way of understanding teaching. It explores teaching from within a Sophist tradition of educational practice and thought.
The first part of the book discusses the vital link between public education and democracy, the shifts in schooling's role in fostering competition and comparisons at the cost of social responsibility and democratisation. It identifies the driving force of those shifts as forces of aggression and destruction, central to a neoliberal ideology. The second part of the book argues for a practice of Sophistical teaching rather than Socratic teaching. It explores in-depth what it could mean to be teaching in an up-to-date sophist tradition of educational thought and practice.
The book also includes insights for teaching to counter aggressive forces of nationalism, racism, and late capitalism's violence and the escalating climate crisis. Readers will be able to understand teaching within educational thought and precisely how different teaching forms can contribute to education as democratisation.
All are welcome to attend the event. We look forward to seeing you there!