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Hope and Joy in Education

Engaging Daisaku Ikeda Across Curriculum and Context

Isabel Nuñez Jason Goulah Cynthia B. Dillard

272 pages
Teachers College Press

Students, parents, and educators are increasingly frustrated, demoralized, burned out, and discontented with education and schooling today. At no time has it been more necessary to revitalize hope in the promise of education or to reestablish joy in teaching and learning. In this timely and inspirational volume, authors from diverse disciplines consider and affirm the many places across curriculum and context where hope and joy are or can be strong and vibrant. Grounded in the life-affirming ideals of renowned education philosopher and school founder Daisaku Ikeda, Hope and Joy in Education will reenergize educational research, theory, and practice. Featuring contributions from such luminaries as Theodorea Regina Berry, Cynthia B. Dillard, Walter S. Gershon, M. Francyne Huckaby, John Lupinacci, and Anita Patterson, this book reminds readers that the classroom is still a magical space, brimming with the brilliant and creative energy of young people. Hope and Joy in Education was developed in association with the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue.

Book Features:

  • Illustrates the power of Daisaku Ikeda’s ideas to confront the challenging societal contexts and conditions that schools and educators face day in and day out.
  • Shares narratives that employ critical and antiracist lenses to examine the authors’ own activist work with different populations across multiple contexts.
  • Considers Daisaku Ikeda’s contributions relative to established and emerging trends in education, including the Deweyan tradition, ecojustice education, critical race feminism, and others.
  • Provides cross-cultural examples and insights bolstering the current resurgence of humanistic, qualitative aspects of teaching and learning.
  • Shows how the essential qualities of hope and joy fortify fields and themes that have been squeezed out by political agendas and standardized testing.
Author Bio

Isabel Nuñez is professor of educational studies and director of the School of Education at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Jason Goulah is professor of bilingual-bicultural education and director of the Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education at DePaul University in Chicago.