Ralph Borsodi published a number of books dealing with the need for a new, right, education.  This page provides links to my chapters that covered this evolution.

Education and Living, published in 1948:  Link. With Education and Living presented what he considered a normal, actually optimum, lifestyle; a lifestyle derived from living an independent and self-reliant life.  It describes the normal individual, the normal family and the normal community.

The University of Melbourne represents the next stage in the development of Borsodi's model:  Link.  This chapter describes the setting -- a community developed along his ideal by a group of close friends and collaborators; and the creation of the University of Melbourne, its curriculum, operation and philosophy.   While the experiment was short lived, it represents a very important stage in the development of Borsodi's adult learning, problem-centered, system.

The Journal of Praxiology was the official journal of the University of Melbourne.  It ran for ten issues.  Two of those were catalogs.  The first issue was a symposium on Praxiology.  The remaining seven were devoted to articles; each issue dedicated to a particular topic.  Given that copies of the Journal of Praxiology are rare, I've outlined the content of those seven issues in this chapter.  They include contributions from Borsodi and Willis Nutting, his successor as chancellor of the University of Melbourne.  These articles in particular provide a great deal of insight about the philosophy of the University.  Link 

Borsodi moved from Melbourne to India where he was invited for a speaking tour.  He spoke out strongly for a reformer of higher education and was invited for an extended stay to develop a curriculum for a revolution in humanitarian education.  The result was his book The Education of the Whole Man.  It was published in India in 1963.  It is in fact two books.  The first is Borsodi's philosophy and method for his problem-centered system.  Link.

The second part of The Education of the Whole Man consisted of thirty chapters, which I could call essays, in which Borsodi listed and explained the principles of his system.  Link.

This review of Borsodi's Seventeen Problems of Man and Society concludes this series on the development of his educational program.  In it I have given a brief review of the book, listed some of his most eloquent quotes about the purpose of his work, summarized the development of his problem-integrated system over nearly 40 years, and offer a proposal for further development of that system.  Link.

No comments:

Post a Comment