Wesley's Philosophy of Education for Socio-Spiritual Change
Dr. H. G. Mithra.
  • ISBN : 9789351481317
  • year : 2016
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The unique, complex and elusive character of 18th century John Wesley believed that the future of England is dependent on socio-spiritual change in humanity. To achieve his goal, he embarked on a small yet significant method of educating people to conscientize them of their plight and the oppressive forces within and without. Humanization, liberation and justice were the driving force of his dream movement called Methodism. The book highlights a comparative study of Wesley's pedagogy and purpose with that of Paulo Freire, a 20th century Brazilian activist, philosopher and educator, and a leading proponent of critical pedagogy. While re-examining Wesley's perspective on education in the light of Freire's critical pedagogy the book exposes striking similarities between the two. Education ought to be life transforming and not depositing -- the traditional "banking" system which consider learners as empty accounts to be filled by the teacher, both Wesley and Freire contend that education must be dialogical, liberative and a change agent. As per their belief, education should not be oppressive, and not to be employed in molding learners in accordance with the exploitative system of the given society. Wesley was a zealous preacher, theologian, revivalist, reformer, prolific writer, philosopher, and educator. He used education as a tool for liberation of people; to bring about spiritual transformation and change in their lives. Wesley and Freire believed that education is never a neutral process. To make the research work more meaningful, the author has provided significant recomendations for the future trajectory of Christian education ministry in the Church. The information in this book may help those who are concerned with critical education, especially Christian education, as it is of significant relevance and vital interest