Soka Education Books Honored


Distinguished—Virginia Benson (far left) and Richard Yoshimachi (far right) of the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue, join AESA President Yolanda Medina and Jason Goulah, director of the Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education at DePaul University, at an awards ceremony, November 2015. Photo: Kevin O. Maher.

The American Educational Studies Association (AESA) presented its 2015 Critics Choice Book Award to the following books related to the field of Soka Education:

• Living as Learning: John Dewey in the 21st Century, Jim Garrison, Larry Hickman and Daisaku Ikeda (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Dialogue Path Press, 2014)

Daisaku Ikeda, Language, and Education, edited by Jason Goulah (New York: Routledge, 2013)

Each year, an AESA committee selects titles it regards as “outstanding books that may be of interest to those in educational studies.” The award also serves to increase awareness of recent scholarship that is of potential interest to the association’s membership.

The awards were announced at the AESA’s 2015 conference, held in November in San Antonio, Texas.

One of the award committee members said of Living as Learning: “As the title suggests, this book explores key contributions that Dewey made to living as learning, in which learning is viewed as a process that extends beyond schooling and formal education, and is concerned with social justice and amelioration. The dialogue therefore makes deep philosophical enquiry, navigating through topics, such as: What is human nature? How do we distinguish between good and evil? What is a good life? And how do we foster global citizens in the 21st century who can contribute to a more humanistic society?”

Of Daisaku Ikeda, Language, and Education, a committee reviewer wrote: “This book represents a significant step forward in our knowledge of an important contemporary Japanese educational philosopher and school system founder, Daisaku Ikeda, whose work has broad relevance to the field of education across many disciplines, including philosophy, language, curriculum studies, religion, peace studies and cosmopolitanism. It is a timely addition to the scholarship in the emerging field of Ikeda Studies.”

The AESA was established in 1968 as an international learned society for educators interested in the foundations of education.